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->''"Computer. Define 'Earth'.... Define 'Sea'.... ... [[WikiWalk Define 'Hoedown']]."''
-->-- '''The Captain''', ''WesternAnimation/{{Wall-E}}''

Picture the scene. You're just idly surfing the web. You find a webcomic and read the most recent one. You laugh. You decide to read the previous one. That's funny as well. You read a week's worth and laugh at all of them. You feel the urge well up inside you. It's time to go on... an Archive Binge.

The systematic read-through is a common larval stage of more-than-casual fans of a {{webcomic}}. Such comics progress very slowly by most standards but online archives make back issue availability unparalleled. Even if reading a single installment takes seconds, a person coming across a new strip finds dozens, hundreds or even thousands of times as much new content.

So he'll sample a few... then a few more... then, if things are really working out, all of them.

The depth of the resulting addiction can be estimated from the disruption of daily life caused and from the degree of [[AwesomenessWithdrawal withdrawal]] symptoms once the reader finishes and has to follow the update schedule from then on. More sensible people time themselves and read up a little at a time. These are the people that can eat only one potato chip.

UsefulNotes/MozillaFirefox extensions like [[https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/4925 Autopager]] can help by automatically adding the next page as you scroll, so you don't have to click on links. For some of them, you need to be quite technically minded, though.

The site [[http://www.archivebinge.net/ Archive Binge]] lets you subscribe to a webcomic's archive via an RSS feed at a rate you choose, allowing you to binge at your own pace.

ArchiveBinge is common for first timers of [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife this wiki]], (and [[TheOtherWiki the other one]]) as ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' [[http://xkcd.com/609/ has pointed out]]. It is also an increasingly common phenomenon with regard to TV shows, now that it is possible to buy whole seasons of a LongRunner on DVD or watch them on streaming video services such as {{Netflix}}.

It is not unusual for fans who have already been following a series to undertake several more archive binges, often initiated by an ArchiveTrawl. It's also good practice for FanFic writers to undertake this, especially in a new fandom, or one they're going back to. It's often called "Canon Review" in these circumstances. The use of script-controllable downloaders (wget) or web crawlers like [=HTTrack=] can simplify both an ArchiveTrawl and an ArchiveBinge, due to having the comic permanently available offline usually with a minimum of time and hassle.

Contrast with ArchivePanic. Compare BrowserNarcotic for the non-linear equivalent.

See WebcomicsLongRunners for a list of especially binge-worthy comics.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Newcomers to {{anime}} often fall victim to this, due to the sheer amount of (official and [[FanSub fansubbed]]) material readily available on the Internet. Note that Archive Binging makes reading long arcs easier, cutting down on ArcFatigue and eliminating the need to wait a week for the next installment.
* Don't feel like (or can't) torrent? Uncomfortable with fansubs? The below mentioned {{hulu}}.com offers a RIDICULOUS amount of professionally subbed anime. And it has the entire series too. No downloading necessary. It even has a few dubs, though those are harder to get the rights to. Especially if the dub is still airing.
** [[NoExportForYou Only for Americans.]]
** But one could always check [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/ Crunchyroll]], they have quite a few series an average person would've never heard of otherwise. Unfortunately, a lot of the anime available on Crunchyroll is region-locked, too, but not all of it, unlike Hulu.
* Scanlated manga hosts have a very good chance of turning into an ArchiveBinge.
* ''Manga/CaseClosed'' has 76 volumes of manga (each about an hour and a half of solid reading) and about 600 episodes in the anime. (Much fewer have been dubbed, however.)
* As of this writing, the ''Manga/OnePiece'' manga is at volume 73 and the anime has 636 episodes! And that's not even counting all the movies and specials.
* ''HajimeNoIppo'' is currently over ''1000 chapters long''.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Certain comic books (such as Action Comics, Detective Comics, and ''Batman'') have been running continuously for over 70 years. Their long history and continuity changes seem to be enough to prevent most people from doing full-on binges... but heaven help you if you, say, read a particularly interesting arc from fifteen or twenty years ago that crosses over into three or four different series, all of which you get through [[BlatantLies perfectly legal methods]], of course. And then, of course, you need the context, and then you want to know what happens next, and before you know it, you've read all 153 issues of ''Nightwing'' in two days. And then, after you've read every comic book in existence, you suddenly get a hankering for a favorite arc of yours, and it starts all over again!
* While ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' hasn't been running as long as some famous DC or Marvel names, it's existed long enough to have nearly 240 main issues at the time of this writing, a Knuckles side-series that lasted into the 30s, an on-going ''Sonic Universe'' spinoff that is currently around issue 40, and numerous special graphic novels and miniseries.
* As a gift to fans, every issue of ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'' was put online for fans to read/re-read/discover/share. Which makes it quite easy to binge on the series.
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Thanks to online archives of traditional print comics on [[http://www.gocomics.com GoComics.com]], the website of the two biggest newspaper comic syndicates in the United States, you can put traditional pre-Web favorites like ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'', and ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' on there too. Bonus points awarded, since many of these comics and their archives stretch back ''decades''.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Blondie}}'' has been running since 1930.
* ''Adam@Home'' features this when Adam stumbles upon Series/{{Lost}}pedia.
* Thanks to its recent public domain status, you can now read all of ''ComicStrip/LittleNemo in Slumberland'' [[http://www.comicstriplibrary.org/ online]].
* Reading ''ComicStrip/DykesToWatchOutFor'' feels much the same as an extensive archive binge, and as it was produced between the late 80s and late 00s it is no small binge to engage in.
* ''Comicstrip/LittleOrphanAnnie'' has fifteen years of text-heavy strips published in collected editions by IDW. You'll have roughly 5,000 strips to get through.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC'' has over 100 videos on Youtube. That's 2 complete seasons of After Hours, working on a third, plus all the original format videos, parodies ad ads. And oh yeah, if you want to understand even half the jokes, you have to watch them all.
* ''Fanfic/UndocumentedFeatures''. This fic started in early 1992, is still going strong today, and has several hundred stories with over 20 megs of text.
* ''FanFic/TheMadScientistWars'' has been going on for over a year and a half now, and has managed a huge number of pages with several highly complicated plots, and character backgrounds, and running gags... not even *counting* the Lounge (where the creators talk), The mad sci Tales (short pieces to do with MSW), and... so on. To the point where a summary has been worked on.
* The ''[[http://lightning.ffstories.net/browse.php?type=categories&id=2 Sacrifices Arc]]'', recced on the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' [[FanficRecs/HarryPotter fanfic page]], is probably longer than JKR's novels. And so poignant and gripping that to begin to read it is to surrender the next month+ of your life.
* ''CatTales'' has been updating on a chapter-a-month-or-so schedule for nine years, resulting in 60 separate stories (with almost 350 chapters, combined) and multiple (thankfully much shorter) spin-off series. Although heavily influenced by both the comics and the DCAU, it has its own cast of recurring characters and complicated storylines that require any new reader to start at the beginning before you're able to understand later stories.
* Arguaby, ''FanFic/MyImmortal''. You hear amusing lines from it. You hear about it. You want to know: "Is it really THIS stupid/silly/bad/awesome beyond compare?" So you read up on it, not wanting to receive the brain damage you've heard you'll get from reading it. Then you give up and read the whole thing out of curiosity, and bile fascination makes you read the whole thing (or you're generally amused by Enoby's adventures). So is it really as stupid/silly/bad/awesome beyond compare as everyone says? Answer: [[spoiler:Yes. A million times, YES.]]
** Even better, there are numerous [[DramaticReading dramatic readings]] of the fanfic on Website/YouTube and other places. Watch/download one of those for some laughs while doing other things!
* At first glance, [[http://rinjapine.deviantart.com/gallery/25046381 Rinjapine’s extensive list]] of Disney/TheLionKing characters appears to be an ArchivePanic, until you actually look at each character individually. Each one has a description that ranges from a handful of sentences to entrancing page-lengths of PurpleProse. Just before each description though, are links to the character’s immediate relatives, and ''every'' ''single'' ''character'' is connected to each other in some way. It’s just set up in such a way that you can get lost for hours in the [[TangledFamilyTree extensive family tree]] until you GoMadFromTheRevelation.
* Take your time reading through ''[[FanFic/MarioAndSonicHeroesUnite Mario and Sonic: Heroes Unite!]]''. I'll let you know right now, though, that that story has a lot. It's planned to have one hundred chapters when it is complete -- and it is pretty close to that number of chapters already.
* Given ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm's'' episodic format, anyone hooked in with the mystery and/or [[IntercontinuityCrossover the unusual crossover]] might be tempted to watch all of it in one go. If that's the case, you might want to stack up on snacks: ''Part 1'' clocks at 30+ minutes, which is already relatively long, and all following episodes nonchalantly break the 1 hour mark. Case and point: The conclusion had to be split into two episodes to keep it from being too long, yet still the final episode manages to be 2+ hours long.
* At over 1.3 million words as of November 2013, it's recommended to take your time reading ''FanFic/DiariesOfAMadman''. Depending on how fast you read and how much time you have, readers have reported it taking anywhere from several days to weeks of reading to catch up.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* TheCaptain in ''WesternAnimation/{{Wall-E}}'' does this with the starship's encyclopedia after [[CityInABottle learning about Earth for the first time]].
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Leeloo in ''Film/TheFifthElement'' when she is learning about Earth for the first time on the computer. She's supposedly going in alphabetical order, which is why we get a BreakTheCutie moment towards the end when she gets to W (for ''war''). The movie seemed to present her selections as fairly random. A contrived setup for sure, but it makes more sense than if she just skipped some entries.
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''. Regular editions: 9 hours. Extended editions: 11 hours. Extended editions with the appendices: 92 hours. That's 4 days. Not even counting the regular editions, Podcast/{{Rifftrax}}, or regular edition's special features. Good luck!
* The ''Film/JamesBond'' series. 23 official feature-length films, three unofficial films and a short film of unclear canonicity that opened the 2012 London Olympics.
* In ''Film/{{Outlander}}'', when Cainan crashes on Earth, he downloads the entire Norse language directly into his brain through his eye. His first words... "Ugh... Fuck!"
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' novels about [[OverusedCopycatCharacter Drizzt Do'Urden]] are about 25 books by now, and to really understand the newest books you have also to read all of the others.
* The ''{{Darkover}}'' Cycle are also loads and loads of books, it helps a little that they are categorized by the time area in which they are set.
* Introduce someone to ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', then sit back and watch them obsessively devour all 30+ books.
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'' is a fun binge. Over 20 novels, and that's the bare bones experience. You have four super editions and more coming, books explaining history and characters, and several series of OEL. [[CrackIsCheaper Your wallet will]] [[AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted never be this thick again]] if you decide to read. Have fun!
* Creator/BaenBooks via the [[http://baencd.thefifthimperium.com/ BaenCD at The Fifth Imperium]], a promotional site sponsored by Baen, has nearly their entire library on the internet for free for promotional purposes. ''Literature/HonorHarrington'', ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'', Creator/JohnRingo's works, and ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'' have nearly their complete works up there, along with many, many others. ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' is 16+ {{Door Stopper}}s and Counting alone. Plus the authors' lesser works and it gets large quick. The 1635 disc has ''68 novels alone''.
* In-universe example: The novelisation of ''Series/DoctorWho'' DevelopmentHell episode "Shada" has a villain who contains some stereotypical FanDumb traits in his relationship with the Doctor - he's shown going through 'archive footage' of the Doctor and commenting on them in such a way as fans complain about the quality of the dialogue, acting and special effects. His eventual ironic punishment for the searing hatred that he develops of the Doctor is to be trapped with an in-universe {{Squee}}ing ''Doctor Who'' FanGirl who, in the hope he'll learn some good moral lessons, seals him in a room and forces him to watch every single piece of archive footage that she can find of him, starting with a grainy black-and-white image of [[InternalHomage a policeman walking around in the fog]].
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* [[NoExportForYou If you live in America]], {{Hulu}}.com offers several complete television seasons (sometimes series) available for free. These are mainly old action shows (''Series/TheATeam'', ''Series/{{Airwolf}}'', ''Series/KnightRider'', ''Series/CharliesAngels'', etc.) and Bronze Age sci-fi (''{{Lexx}}'', ''Series/QuantumLeap'', ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', ''Series/{{Highlander}}'', etc.). Even more can be accessed with a $7.99/month Hulu Plus subscription (like getting all seven seasons of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' instead of the first three). Have fun.
* Subscribers to Netflix have access to the instant list in addition to the mail order stuff. They have many series that stream instantly, including (completely): ''[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]]'', ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', ''Stargates'' [[Series/StargateSG1 Original Flavor]] and ''[[Series/StargateAtlantis Atlantis]]'', ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', ''PushingDaisies'', ''DeadLikeMe'', ''Series/VeronicaMars'', ''Series/TheITCrowd'', ''Anime/BloodPlus'', ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'', ''Series/TheXFiles'', ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'', and ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. You can also find back seasons of current shows, such as ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', ''Series/{{Dexter}}'', ''Series/{{Weeds}}'', ''Series/{{Bones}}'', ''Series/GreysAnatomy'', ''Series/DoctorWho'' and ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}''.
** Not to mention almost the entirety of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' , from the Original Series all the way full-circle through Enterprise, and the films.
** Guess what? [[OfferVoidInNebraska Only available]] [[NoExportForYou in the U.S. and Mexico]].
** Now in the UK too, although the selection is not as great as in the US. The UK also has [=LOVEFiLM=] Instant, a service run by Amazon, although the DVD rental selection is better than that available for streaming.
** A Netflix executive stated in 2013 that users of Internet video on demand "would actually prefer to have a whole season of a show available to watch at their own pace," according to [[http://www.deadline.com/2013/12/netflix-binge-watching-tv-streaming-study/ an article]] in ''Deadline''.
* The same for Amazon Instant Video.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' and other hyper-linear series are written in such a fashion that each episode builds and relies so much upon the events of previous episodes that missing even one can create a comprehension gap in the current goings on. ''Farscape'' is a perfect example of this as major story arcs in the last seasons come full circle and build upon references and character interactions made in the 1st and second seasons.\\\
For example: At the End of The Peacekeeper Wars, Chriton is [[spoiler:about to fire the Worm Hole Weapon]] and makes Scorpius [[spoiler:beg him up to, and including making him say "please", before he allows Scorpius to finally see the this fruition of all of his plans throughout the series]]. In an episode from a previous season, it is revealed that Scorpius [[spoiler:was conditioned by the Skarrans, to never beg for anything in general and specifically to never, ever say "please"]]. Without watching everything up to that point, the reference is completely lost and the true power and impact of the moment would not be comprehended by the viewer.
* RetroGameMaster: To be expected of a LongRunner. At the time of writing, there's 17+ seasons and 150+ episodes roughly an hour each. Have fun. To be fair, the premise of the show has changed little through the years, but following the Assistant Directors that are in or off the team is rather impossible for a newcomer without the aid of an episode guide.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Japanese noise artist Merzbow released a 50-disc boxed set. And then Atlanta-area college radio station WREK [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome broadcast the entire thing over three days]]. Also notable is [[http://ifuckinglovemerzbow.blogspot.com.au/ this blog]] where somebody listened to and gave a track by track summary of the whole box. Spoiler: 90% is SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
** [[http://www.stylusmagazine.com/feature.php?ID=13 Todd Burns from Stylus Magazine]] and [[http://rateyourmusic.com/list/phthora/the_merzbox__every_disc_rated_and_reviewed one intrepid RYMer]] did their own overviews of the ''Merzbox''. [[LoveItOrHateIt Both are somewhat more favourable.]]
* Music/{{Vocaloid}}. Part of its appeal is being able to go to NicoNicoDouga or Website/YouTube and finding song after song after song. In the beginning there weren't that many, but now there are literally thousands of songs -- tons for each character. You can get lost for hours just listening to all the funny songs, then all the horror ones, then the depressing ones... You get the idea.
* Jazz musician Sun Ra has over a hundred full length albums, which add up to over 1000 songs.
* Spotify has almost all of recorded music in history, for free, which encourages this behavior. It's also common to binge when users discover a new artist or a favorite artist's back catalog has been added.
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[[folder:New Media]]
* [[http://www.zmescience.com/ ZME Science]] may be a fairly sensationalistic website, but they are quite good at linking to existing articles on the site that are interesting, and before you know it you've got 30 tabs on the go from topics from sex to jellyfish.
* Website/{{TED}}, a yearly conference, places most of the recorded presentations on its website under the Creative Commons license and has over 500 listed as of this writing. Good luck getting through them all in under a month.
* The same thing happens on [[http://www.fora.tv FORA.tv]], only the videos are often much, much longer...
* ''Website/NotAlwaysRight'' has thousands of stupid customer quotes.
* Website/FundiesSayTheDarndestThings. Thousands upon thousands of stupid quotes from [[TheFundamentalist fundamentalists of all stripes]]. And that's not including the two sub-sites devoted to conspiracy theorists and racists.
* [[http://dailycoyote.net The Daily Coyote]] has updated every day and includes archives back from when Shreve Stockton first started to take care of the coyote we know as Charlie.
* [[http://retailhellunderground.com Retail Hell Underground]] likewise has a rather funny archive binge.
* Most online streaming services, notably Netflix where you have access to entire seasons worth of TV shows at a time can be useful for wasting an entire day... or several.
* [[http://www.cracked.com Cracked.com]] Those countdown articles are addicting... and plentiful.
* Skeptical blogs such as [[http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/ Pharyngula]] and [[http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/ Respectful Insolence]] not only make reference to older articles about similar topics or the same person, they often reference other skeptical blogs that have written about the same topics/people.
* Facebook's newly introduced "Friend X and Friend Y" friendship review pages can have this effect.
* [[http://gettyimages.com/ Getty Images]] has been around since 1993 providing stock and editorial images, illustrations, and video. That might not seen like much, but they've also acquired older photography collections and digitized ''them''. [[http://bit.ly/acA81i Good luck closing the window]].
* Darn you, [[http://damnyouautocorrect.com/ Damnyouautocorrect.com]]!
* When going through a language program similar to ''Rosetta Stone'' you may end up going through a whole language without getting any sleep for several nights, then forgetting most of it.
* The ''[[http://www.customerssuck.com/board/ Customers Suck!]]'' forums. Especially Gravekeeper's posts.
* So you've found a [[LetsPlay Let's Player]] to subscribe to? Say good bye to the next week and a half.
** Hell, the [[http://www.lparchive.org/ Let's Play archive]] itself has over ''a thousand'' complete Let's Plays registered, as of this point in time.
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[[folder:Print Media]]
* The '''Complete National Geographic'' has every ''NationalGeographic Magazine'' from 1888 to today: every page, every ad, and every article.
* The ''Oxford English Dictionary''. I'll just see this one little word... Hmm, while I'm at it, I wonder when exactly did "orbiter" come into use? Hey, there is a word "orby"? Gotta check it out. Hey, look, they've got an entry for [[OurOrcsAreDifferent "orc" and "orcish"]], too! Come to think of it, into how many possible meanings can they distil the word "too"? Hey, a Creator/RobertLudlum quotation! Are there any more quotes from my favorite writers?
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The {{MUGEN}} fighting game engine has LOADS of content available for it. Not only will picking your favorite characters to fight with be a total binge, but setting your stages, motifs and other add-ons is a massive adventure. And all of this considering you don't do any editing or creation yourself.
* ''FreedomForce'' likewise has a huge number of skins and models for pretty much every conceivable superhero and supervillain, as well as many other characters.
* ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' actually uses an Archive Binge in the plot. [[spoiler:One of the factions will dump the sum total of human knowledge into the brain of the Planet, in order to break a cycle that would cause human extinction.]]
* Any video game with an in-game encyclopedia can turn into an ArchiveBinge. Notable examples include the codex section popular in ''Creator/BioWare'' games or vast selection of in-game literature of ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series. Many a gamer has found him/herself spending several hours reading about the game world's history instead of actually playing.
* The proliferation of [=ROMs=] and [=ISOs=] available for older consoles, (SNES, Genesis, NES, N64, PSX, etc.) can allow a one to lose themselves in thousands of free games on a computer, and to a lesser extent [=PSPs=], smartphones, and soon to be Vitas.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Strategically keying up all nine-plus hours of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' so it can be watched in one marathon session. A bandwidth-intensive mission though.
* It can take ''months'' (that is, if one is willing to sleep and go about their everyday life) to watch everything in the WebAnimation/HomestarRunner universe, considering that all the videos, ''especially'' the Strong Bad Emails, are thick with in-jokes and references to one another. And even though it's been a couple years since the Brothers Chaps have released new material, by the time you've watched everything on the site, it's often necessary to dip back in to refresh yourself since it's nigh-impossible to retain all the gags at once.
* ''WebAnimation/NeuroticallyYours'' has over 10 seasons of episodes to watch, so it's not surprising to see someone who stumbled upon the series to start checking out the much earlier episodes one by one.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Oh God, don't get us started on ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell''... It's been going nonstop for ''nearly 16 years''. Weekdays for the first 5 years, every day since July 2000. Well over 5,000 strips. If you want to get started, pack a lunch.
* ''Webcomic/ItsWalky'' (with [[WalkyVerse its spinoffs]]) has been going on for 15 years, but is especially bad because it has a rather detailed plot.
* ''Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures'' will take days to read since it is often updated with 10-15 individual pages of actions every day, with only few breaks.
** ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has over 6,000 (even longer then ''Kevin & Kell''!!) panels, some with long "Pesterchum" chat logs or other paragraphs of text, and some with Flash animations. The whole thing is a tightly-knit ball of timelines, so you can't skip anything either. And then there's the plot, sometimes requiring visits to [[TheWikiRule the series' own Wiki]] to fully understand, and the 16 main characters, commonly abbreviated to only two letters, to keep track of. It's all worth it, though.
* Pity on the one who decides to just now get into ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''. Usually a comic a day for over ten years. It will be a long time before you see the sun. A "weekly" mode has been (re)added to the archives. If you can hold yourself to an hour a day on weekdays (in other words, one's lunch break) and you're a speedy reader, it'll take you about six weeks.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' is a rather interesting example. Initially, the comic was split into two sections: the 101 beginner's section, which started from the beginning, and the "Advanced" class, for those who had been following the comic since it was originally released in print. Both sections were updated three times a week. In July 2007, the 101 section finally caught up to the beginning of the "Advanced" section, which resulted in a mass simultaneous Archive Trawl/Binge by those who had been reading the 101 comics. This both exceeded the site's monthly bandwidth and caused the server to crash.
* {{Lampshaded}} [[http://fanboys-online.com/index.php?id=170 in]] ''Webcomic/{{Fanboys}}'', when Sylvia falls victim to a long wait after an archive binge.
* ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'' forces you to do this, so cancerously numerous are the characters... and unlike some amateurs, the author will keep track of every single one of them correctly and will give us time to be emotionally attached before she gets around to killing them off so the archive binge is as necessary as it is recommended purely to get full emotional stress when the killing begins!
* ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' shows how to do it [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/669.html wrong]]. At this point, newcomers to ''Irregular Webcomic!'' can expect to go through multiple {{Archive Binge}}s. They'll find a theme they like, start reading the archive and then realize that in order to understand it you have to read this other them too and then to understand ''that'' one you have to read this one and...
* [[http://xkcd.com/214/ This]] ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' strip sums it up pretty well.
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' has been running like clockwork 7 days a week, 365 days a year for over TEN YEARS, with an extra two strips on Sundays. That comes out to 4500+ plus strips (or a mere 3500+ you don't count Sundays extra). The only time updates were halted was when the servers hosting the site were flood-damaged. The comics for those particular days were hosted on an emergency server, and were posted only a few hours late. Mr. Tayler has a record to uphold, after all. ''Schlock Mercenary'' makes it unnecessarily easy for even experienced Schlockers to do this, as the sidebar contains a "random strip" button that throws you back into the archives.
* ''Webcomic/UserFriendly'' has been running for over TWELVE years (anniversary was November 17 2009) and been doing 7 comics a week (Sundays usually larger than the Mon-Sat & in colour), 365 days a year. Those who REALLY want an archive binge can [[http://ars.userfriendly.org/cartoons/?id=19971117&mode=classic start here.]] Though many of the strips in the past year or more have been repeats.
* ''Webcomic/CountYourSheep'' has a strip almost every day, starting in early June of 2003 and continuing today. Not only that, Adis, the author, has at least two other strips that he also updates in addition to CYS. What a dynamo... Though recently it hasn't updated that much so you could probably read the last few years in one sitting.
* ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'' is only a thousand pages or so at this point, but more than a few people who have lost sleep due to this trope. As of September 2011, approaching two thousand pages...
* Good luck trying to ArchiveBinge at ''Webcomic/{{Mezzacotta}}''. It might take a while, with comics for every day back to 1st January, 9999999999999 BC (according to the proleptic Gregorian calendar). Just for sake of simplicity, the amount of strips that are there is 3650000000732555 strips ((9999999999999+ 2008)* 365) without including leap days, and assuming ideal condition that you can read 1 strip per second, which makes it 31536000 strips per year (no leap days, still). The amount of time to finish the whole archive is '''''115 million years!''''' Yep, that 10^8 years you need to read to finish it. Granted, it's entirely made up of DadaComics, so it's not like you'll get anything meaningful from reading them...
* ''Webcomic/Newshounds'' started in 1997 and is running in the form of the creatively named Newshounds II. Needless to say, it takes a while to wade through it.
* ''Funny Farm'' has lasted for 9.5 years. And it updated every, single day. There were only a few months in which he didn't update every day. Instead he updated 4 days a week for a month or two, then 5 days a week for a month or two, and then back to every day. However, the entire archive has been removed so he can post the 9.5 years worth of 7 days a week over 5 days with commentary. So the weekend strips tend to rest on weekdays now. It's no longer an archive binge, more an archive wait.
* ''Webcomic/TheClassMenagerie'' had ran for a little while, and the archive binge doesn't take as much as some strips like ''Newshounds'' and ''Funny Farm'' (Which it has crossed over with). Unfortunately, the strips are listed in the archive ''out of order'' so it's rather odd to see the "introductory" strips right after you finished several notable-sized story arcs. To make matters worse, some of the strips are even ''repeated''. (The crossover with ''Newshounds'' shows up twice if one reads the archive from the beginning)
* ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' is another 7 days a week 365 days a year strip, that has been running for just over eight years (with some gaps). However, Tatsuya Ishida seems to be fond of occasionally going back to earlier one-shot comics and giving them sequels (the "[[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2118 Politically Incorrect Fringe Rangers]]" are probably the best example; now up to their sixth iteration, often over a year apart). This inevitably leads to the reader going "wait, what, when was the first one?", and heading backwards a couple of years to refresh whose memory. Then remembering how much who loved the arc after that, and continuing from there. ''Recursive'' archive binging. Not pretty.
* Many new fans of ''Webcomic/YuMeDream'' have {{Archive Binge}}d the 847 page comic in one night.
* ''Webcomic/AndShineHeavenNow'' has been going up six days a week since 2003; even the author's hiati use GuestStrip filler. New readers have been known to lose a weekend there. Worse yet is that it uses ''Anime/{{Hellsing}}'' TV series and ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' continuity.
* ''Webcomic/ZeldaComic'' has 306 strips that are all fairly funny and can take a few hours to get through. Then you discover that it has an updating schedule that makes erosion look like the Road Runner. In fact by now it appears to have stopped entirely.
* ''Tally Road'' ran 7 days a week for much of its first year, and dropped back to weekdays without a break at nearly 400 strips all of which are part of a continuing story loaded with ChekhovsGun, it is a prime candidate for this trope, partly because it continues at the 5-a-week pace, and partly because the site offers numerous widgets for skipping back to a previous weekday or story arc.
* ''Webcomic/SequentialArt'' has an interesting page... it starts on the page after the last one you read every time you go to it. This makes it much easier to get through the 500+ strips in an ArchiveTrawl instead of one big ArchiveBinge.
* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' hands down. Then there's the "Classic Smbc"... ''SMBC'' is the worst. With its addicting humor and a DAILY UPDATE you're in for a binge that could last a week.
* ''Webcomic/TheCyantianChronicles'': ArchiveBinge gets paired with its sister trope, ArchivePanic. Akaelae alone is up to 1100+ individual updates. Thankfully, there's a monthly archive which condenses everything into proper pages instead of the individual updates.
* ''Webcomic/SamAndFuzzy'' took this experienced webcomic binger several days to read through. To put this into perspective, she also read the 1200+ archives of Misfile in about three hours.
* There's over 1300 ''Webcomic/TheBookOfBiff'' comics, and they get updated every weekday.
* ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan''. Aagh. Ten-hour-straight archive binge only to find out that there's a huge hatedom surrounding the comic.
* ''Webcomic/SlightlyDamned'' requires a long archive binge. The fact that it's a continuous storyline that references previous happenings frequently makes it worse.
* ''Webcomic/{{Acrobat}}'' is better when you read the issue(s) as a whole.
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' ran from 2001 to 2010, and has 1,224 strips, not including guest comics and the epilogue.
* Screencap comics ''Webcomic/DMOfTheRings'' (144 strips) and ''Webcomic/{{Concerned}}'' (203 strips) (based on ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' trilogy and ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'' respectively) are mercifully (relatively) short and now complete, making an archive binge relatively painless, meaning the elimination of merely hours of productive time rather than days or weeks.
* ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'', inspired by ''[=DMotR=]'', looks set to run for many, many years to come, extrapolating from how many strips each of the first two movies got, (over 200, but fewer than 300 each) and the fact that the third looks like it'll be a good bit longer, 1,200 strips is probably a good estimate for the lowest end of the scale for the whole series.
* BZPower.com 's The Editorialist made a series called ''Psycho Dogs and Carbonated Beverages''. It has over 300 strips. They even lampshaded this trope in one comic.
* ''Webcomic/AmericanElf'', an autobiographical webcomic by and about James Kochalka, began in October of 1998 and as of 2010 it is still updating every single day of the year. To put this into perspective, Kochalka has a five-year-old son. The archives of this comic are longer than his son's entire life.
* In ''Webcomic/GreyIs'' the comic itself won't take so long to read, but the authors [[http://blog.greyismanga.com/ sketch blog]] is filled with side stories, sketches and extra info on the comic and characters. It'll eat up hours of your time before you even notice
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' has 900+ comics in its archive as of this writing -- hefty, but not gigantic. ''But''... each strip is the size of a standard comic book page (sometimes two, rarely up to four). So with each strip 3-8 times as long as with most webcomics... Well, you're gonna be in for a while. And then you'll want to read the two prequel books, and then the ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' strips....
* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' has snared a few newcomers into this with the loveable characters and indie references. Not that I read from #1 to #1100 over two nights or anything...
* ''Webcomic/{{Achewood}}'' has been running since October of 2001 and [[ScheduleSlip was]] updating steadily for quite awhile.
* ''Webcomic/YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic'', a daily D&D comic well on its way to binge territory.
* ''Webcomic/CatAndGirl'' has amassed 1000+ strips over 12 years, and is this in a big way due to its ContinuityPorn fetish, to the point where incredibly obscure comic references ''show up on official merchandise.''
* New fans of ''Webcomic/{{Digger}}'' often mention that they have binged from the beginning to the most recent comic when they leave a comment.
* ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'' ran every day for six years. Shaenon Garrity is now re-running the strips daily with commentary as the 'Director's Cut'. But the old strips are still on-line.
** And now the 'Director's Cut' has wrapped, so you have to read the entire 6+ years of the original, then the 6+ years of the annotated version to find all the jokes and refs oyu missesd the first time. The world's first *completed* double archive trawl.
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja''. Why does Dr. [=McNinja=] have a mustachioed Mexican boy sidekick? What's with the raptor? Why does his dad have a mustache outside his mask?! You must learn these things.
* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'': Though it's entirely episodic, you really can't not read the old strips. And since Tycho and Gabe have been doing the same strip for longer than most webcomic creators have been in the business, you're in for a lot of reading. It doesn't help that they seem to have a comic on just about any topic even vaguely related to video games, which are frequently linked to on this very website. Yes, there's PA in your TVTropes so you can binge while you [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife binge]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' is a severe example of this trope. To even ''begin to understand'' what's going on in Chel, not only do you have to go on an ArchiveBinge, but you also have to read through Wiki entries, extra story arcs, and if all else fails, contact the forums. But then again, the comic itself is rather enjoyable, so many fans have found themselves on ''repeated archive binges, just for the hell of it''
* ''Superosity'' has been running for 11 years daily, with a large amount of continuity.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has been going since 2002 at 5 comics a week; starting from the beginning would be quite a task. If you follow the comic, you'll know that it started as a 7-a-week comic in 2002, dropped to 5 midway through the first year, [[ScheduleSlip became erratic]], and returned to more or less consistency at 5 in Spring 2010. As of mid-April 2011 it has started a 6-a-week schedule. Only time will tell if it will stick but all the same, there is a huge archive for newbies to trawl through though it is common even for veterans to engage in {{Archive Trawl}}s once in a while.
* ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' has been around since 2000.
* ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' has been doing daily (more or less) strips since 2002. He's at well over 2000.
* ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'', over 2000 (probaby more) comics of the same images over and over again, yet completely gripping. In fact Ryan North, the creator, saw this happening and even added the occasional joke in the meta text just to mess with your mind... with words, because that's what it's all about. That and dinosaurs.
* Webcomic/CuantaVida isn't as long as some other examples, but most of it's fans read it in one go.
* ''Webcomic/DorkTower'' has been going since January 1997 as a four-panel comic, a webcomic, a bimonthly comic book, and one-page strips for ''Dragon, Shadis, Spyre, Comic Buyers Guide, Comic Shop News,'' and other publications. The [[http://www.dorktower.com/ incomplete web archive]] starts from January 1st, 2001, but to '''really''' catch everything requires devoting a good chunk of time to the [=TPBs=].
* Deliberately averted with the ''Webcomic/CiemWebcomicSeries'', which followed a different syndication logic consisting of chapters rather than strips; in which all were released more or less around the same time. Not uncommon for a story [[{{Machinomics}} made with]] ''VideoGame/TheSims''.
* ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' has well over 700 strips by now, and is still going. Updates twice a week.
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' has 1129 comics as of December 12th, 2012, and is written as a full page per comic. Considering the nature of the story, it really is best to start on page one.
* ''Webcomic/NatalieDee'' began in 2002, weekly since 2003, daily since 2005, with easily 2000+ comics.
* ''Webcomic/RealLifeComics'': Running since 1999, making it one of the oldest webcomics still active. Lampshaded in the 12th anniversary comic, where protagonist Greg is telling this to his newborn daughter:
-->'''Greg:''' And hopefully, a few years from now when you're old enough to read, you'll want to go back and read all of Daddy's comics. Maybe even ''enjoy'' them. Won't that be neat?\\
'''Harper:''' ''(blows raspberry)''\\
'''Greg:''' Everyone's a critic.
* ''Webcomic/TwistedKaijuTheater'' is a serious long runner, being one of the longest running photo-webcomics of all time and well over 3,000 strips. The problem is only compounded by the fact that TKT has a LOT of continuity throughout the series so you have to read everything in order the first time through to understand who the characters are and what their backstories are.
* ''BobAndGeorge'' ran for 7 years, and with only a few exceptions updated 365 days per year. The comic is very arc-heavy, with loads of mythology gags and callbacks, and even TimeTravel revisits to past comics for filling plot holes. Dave even encourages binging by longtime readers with the addition of writer's commentary on early strips (though it looks like we may never see commentary on the entire run). Binging is made somewhat easier by allowing a reader to go to the beginning of specific story arcs.
* ''CestLaVie has been running for over ten years now. The lives and story arcs of Mona and Donna, two total opposites sharing an apartment on Los Angeles, are oddly and weirdly compulsive. As are the long story arcs. And pierre. And Louis. And the new characters like Michael.
* ''{{Freefall}}'' has been going regularly since March of 1998, with several long stretches of strips that cover a [[ComicBookTime single day]]. It's easy to lose track of how long you've been reading when not even 24 hours have passed for Sam and Florence... And good luck understanding the story arc without reading the whole thing, or at least most of it. While there are plenty of one-off jokes and side stories, the archive isn't exactly well labeled or search friendly...
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* Don't you dare go to Website/CollegeHumor and start watching all 350+ episodes of ''WebVideo/JakeAndAmir'', because before you know it you'll be ''WebVideo/HardlyWorking''. It doesn't help that ALL of Website/CollegeHumor's shorts are about 2-3 minutes long and are hilarious; you can't help but watch one, see that it is only 8:00 PM, and say "one more won't hurt, what's 3 minutes gonna do ... IT'S 4:00 AM!!!"
* This is ridiculously easy with [[LetsPlay Let's Plays]]. Screenshots aren't too bad, but the long video ones...
** The 10-minute (later changed to 15 minutes) video time limit of Website/YouTube, the most commonly used host for Let's Plays, doesn't particularly help either. This is how two hours of gameplay gets spread across 12 videos, and how veteran LP uploaders can rack of ridiculous statistics like having on average a new video uploaded every 10 minutes.
*** As of December 2010, videos can be as long as they want now, although Let's Play videos rarely go above 20 minutes, though.
** And then there is this [[http://www.youtube.com/user/cubex55 World of Longplays' Youtube channel]]...to make it even better, this channel was allowed to upload videos of unlimited length '''even before December 2010!'''
** The Mindcrack server is a whitelisted Minecraft server with 25 active members (all [=YouTubers.=]) There are more than 2,600 videos, only counting active members and the vanilla server. Add in the two spinoff servers/series (Feed the Best and Ultra Hardcore)...
** [[http://www.youtube.com/user/mcgammar?blend=1&ob=4 Boltage McGammar]] has over ''1800 videos''... and he's ''still going''. His ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast Link to the Past]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening Link's Awakening]]'' [=LPs=] were each uploaded in ''a single day''. With roughly 20 games already having complete [=LPs=], 2 more he's currently working on, and 4 that are on indefinite standby (half of those because of save file corruption), you're in for the long haul if you decide to Archive Binge this one.
** Speaking of Website/YouTube... WebVideo/TheAmazingAtheist's videos are an example of this. He does on average 1 video a day and had 664 videos at one point.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/user/garudoh The Music of Video Games]]. 529 videos and growing.
** LetsPlay/{{Raocow}} not only has his 1400+ videos on Website/YouTube, but also has well over 1000 on other video sites. Good luck with that.
** Series of Let's Plays. Want to experience Nakar's wonderful tales about the exploits of [[HeroicComedicSociopath Steve]] the [[Franchise/{{Ultima}} Avatar]] in full? Then you have six full-length Let's Plays ahead of yourself (''VideoGame/UltimaIV'', ''[[VideoGame/UltimaV V]]'', ''[[VideoGame/UltimaVI VI]]'', ''Martian Dreams'', ''[[VideoGame/UltimaVII VII]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/UltimaVIIPartII Serpent Isle]]''). Love The Dark Id's snarky style as he tears apart the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' games? Again, seven entire Let's Plays.
* People visiting the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' website for the first time usually indulged in one of these, until they realized how much information was available and it descended into an ArchivePanic.
* TVTropes, of course.
** Case in point: [[http://forums.sjgames.com/showpost.php?p=676491&postcount=30 A poster on the Steve Jackson Games forum discovers TV Tropes for the first time.]]
** It's even worse if -- after finishing binging a work -- you then proceed to read through its TVTropes page (and all subpages, such as WildMassGuessing), and then check out its "related links". If it's a work popular among tropers, this secondary binge can take a relatively long time.
** Listening through all the links on the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' [[AwesomeMusic/TouhouProject Crowning Music of Awesome]] page. By the time you've listened to them all, be prepared to use a few more hours to listen to the ones added while you were going through them for the first time.
** Casually ''glancing'' at the index at the bottom of the page, particularly if you see a trope you're unfamiliar with or haven't seen in a long time, only worsens the problem -- ''especially'' with the various groupings/lists of related tropes.
** This page is especially bad. If the other examples here are offenders, this page is an offender squared. A large archive of large archives...
* [[http://www.cracked.com/forums/forum/ps-contest-archive The Cracked.com Photoshop Contest Archive]], there goes your afternoon, and your evening, and your night, and your morning, and your noon,... and your afternoon.
* Even websites ''about'' comics succumb to this, such as [[http://www.joshreads.com The Comics Curmudgeon]]. C'mon, I dare you to not keep flipping back through the archives of commentary.
* [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-350792/Anime-motivational-posters.html?pg=0 The Anime Motivational Posters thread at Crunchyroll.]] First you see an anime you recognize, then you see one that's really smart, then you start to notice the hilarious banter between the moderator and the regulars, and before you know it, you've gone 200 pages. The fact that it grows around 5 to 10 pages a day does not help.
* This is frequently caused by ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'': over one hundred characters, each with their own unique storyline spanning almost a year of [=RPing=]. That's a ''hell'' of a lot of archive to get through, and the hours can be quickly whiled away reading the stories of a few characters you like, let alone the whole lot.
* Half the point in Board Hunting on GameFAQs.
* The ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' site tends to cause this in some... which can be frustrating, or enlightening, when one reads five variations on the same story from different viewpoints. A hundred or a hundred fifty wouldn't be so bad, but they're all full stories. And some of them are (literally) as long as Harry Potter novels. Good luck on getting through even one of those in a single night.
* Archive binges can get ludicrous when applied to text-heavy mediums, like blogs. Long-running, text-heavy, frequently-updated blogs can easily take your free time for a week to properly binge. Of course, this also applies to series of novels, newspaper columns, and other similar media, but blogs tend to be the easiest to access.
* ''LoadingReadyRun'' can easily qualify. Over 300 videos (most of season 1 is unavailable, but the bonus vids easily make up the difference), averaging, oh say, 6 minutes a piece. That's over 30 hours folks.
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation''. And that's not counting all the time you'll spend never sleeping again, because you're scared out of your wits.
* ''TheSalvationWar'', with two ''eighty-plus'' chapter books complete (alright, the chapters are quite short, but the point still stands), you'll spend at least a week catching up if you read at a reasonable pace.
* ''Literature/TheDescendants'' is divided up by issues, which tends to make its vast length seem less intimidating at first appearance.
* ''Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos'' contains a crap-ton of stories to browse through. And by the time you've read through a good portion of them, [[SpeakOfTheDevil your curiosity will already have summoned Slendy himself]]. In-universe, [[Blog/SeekingTruth Zeke Strahm]] requests for all of the SlenderMan blogs that the readers know about to be given to him, [[GenreSavvy so he can figure out Slendy's weaknesses.]]
* Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses has over 40 contributors and growing, whose videos often reference those of other contributors, making a binge necessary if a fan wants to understand all of the in-jokes.
** ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'' ''himself'' went on one and watched every episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' so he'd have enough ammo to absolutely slay Creator/MNightShyamalan's [[Film/TheLastAirbender train wreck]].
* Long-running [[PlayByPostGames forum RPs]]. If you want to hop in, and there's plot you need to be aware of, it can take a ''lot'' of reading to catch up.
* The Yogscast contains more than just Simon and Lewis. Don't let yourself get pulled into their wacky British Minecraft shenanigans.
* Toby "Tobuscus" Turner. He has three channels. His main has just over 300 videos, his vlog channel, "tobyturner", has almost 1000, and his gaming channel, "tobygames", has almost ''3000'' videos, most of which are 10 minutes long. Have fun.
* [[http://deadendthrills.com Dead End Thrills]] is a website with beautiful, artistically rendered and modified screenshots from video games made to look like art (or at least like a swell wallpaper.) As of April 1, 2013, it had almost ''1500'' entries, and it's still growing.
* Then there's Fred "Slacktivist" Clark's [[http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2011/08/07/left-behind-index-i-posts-1-50/ page-by-page criticism of]] ''Literature/LeftBehind'', a page of which has been put up nearly every week since late 2003. And by "page" we mean "an everincreasing amount of text, with length jumping up a category when it mashes one of Clark's {{Berserk Button}}s".
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