A Myth Arc is like a StoryArc, but longer. It spans the entire series.

The term originated with ''Series/TheXFiles'' (whose writers referred to its alien conspiracy episodes as "mythology episodes," a term which itself has fallen into common usage), though ''Series/BabylonFive'' is probably a better example of an effective Myth Arc. Comparing ''The X-Files'' with ''Babylon 5'' provides an object lesson in the value of knowing where you're headed when you set up a large-scale arc: both series had slow-building (often season-spanning) stories, but ''Babylon 5'' would eventually resolve its stories while ''The X-Files''' overarching plot just got strung along further and further, until--in what's now called TheChrisCarterEffect--its viewers lost confidence that the plots would ever be resolved.

In some shows--such as the aforementioned series--the trend is to alternate between Myth Arc stories and MonsterOfTheWeek episodes, making it easier for new viewers to get into the show and ensuring some short-term gratification while keeping the viewer's interest over the long run. However, [[SeasonFluidity heavily arc-based shows]] like ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' show that the American public is willing to invest their time over longer periods too.

{{Anime}} series very often have arcs running the entirety of their series, which can span hundreds of episodes, with examples such as ''Anime/{{Macross}}'', ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'', various ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' shows, ''Anime/{{Noir}}'' (which had a Myth Arc from the very first episode), and others. The predominance of such arc-based plotting in anime (many of which were introduced to foreign audiences in the mid 90s), as opposed to the generally episodic nature of American TV series of the 80s and 90s, is part of what led to the massive rise in anime's popularity with the nerd-core at that time, and many suspect that the development of multiple Myth Arc-based shows on American television in the [=2000s=] was a reaction to that.

Can lead to a ContinuityLockOut.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The Myth Arc of ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' deals with finding answers about what the eponymous Titans really are, why the government conspires to maintain the status quo, and finding out what Eren's father left for him to find in his basement. [[spoiler:After, it focuses on an upcoming war for survival against The Kingdom of Marley and the rest of the world]].
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Since the beginning, scattered information suggested the existence of a Myth Arc. However, its true coherence doesn't become clear until the Thousand-Year Blood War Arc. WordOfGod confirmed this final arc is what every other story arc was preparing for. Elements include: Aizen's [[MoralEventHorizon activities]], Urahara's [[TheChessMaster activities]], Soul Society's BlackAndGrayMorality, Yamamoto's rigid sense of justice, the Shinigami-Quincy wars, the fundamental nature of the [[TheHeartless Hollow]] threat, Ichigo's constantly-fluctuating {{shinigami}} development. And so on.
* The modern remake of ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'', subtitled ''Tokyo: 2040'' significantly differed from its predecessor in having a significantly developed myth arc, as opposed to the prior's tendency towards single episodes and two-parters at most.
* ''Anime/ElCazadorDeLaBruja'' had a Myth Arc regarding the GovernmentConspiracy called Project Leviathan, of which Ellis was a test subject. It isn't until the final 4-5 episodes that the series abandons its episodic nature to start resolving the Myth Arc.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' contains an on-and-off form of Myth Arc revolving around the true nature of the Geass power. This arc begins arguably in the first episode, when Lelouch receives Geass, but the implications of the power are almost always overshadowed by the Britannian/Eleven conflict and Lelouch's search for the truth about his mother's death. The Geass Arc comes into its own later when [[spoiler:Mao appears. Mao [[PowerIncontinence cannot turn off his Geass]], foreshadowing that Lelouch's Geass will also become uncontrollable.]] The Geass Arc effectively ends in Episode 21 of R2, when [[spoiler: Lelouch brings his Geass it to its final permanent binocular form in order to use Geass on the World of C, ultimately destroying the Thought Elevator and killing both Charles and Marianne. Later on, when Lelouch, Suzaku, and C.C. return from the World of C, emerging in the Schneizel Arc, Lelouch finally catches up to all the second-guessing and criticism thrown at him behind his back while he was busy during the Geass arc.]]
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', while mostly episodic, has two basic plots running through the whole series: [[spoiler:Faye's search for her past and identity, but most importantly, the full story of Spike's life as a mobster and his lost love, Julia]].
** And from the same creator, ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'' has the search for the Sunflower Samurai.
* The whole plot of ''Manga/DeathNote'' is all one Myth Arc: [[VillainProtagonist Light]], or Kira, attempting to kill L [[spoiler: and later his successors]] and L attempting to arrest Kira. [[ThePlan Plans]] [[GambitRoulette wrote]] [[GambitPileup this]] [[TheChessmaster manga]].
* In ''Manga/DGrayman'' the whole story revolves around the holy war between the noah family and the wielders of innocence. The two sides are looking for [[McGuffin the heart of innocence]] to win this 7000 years old long war. Later on other elements are added to the myth arc: [[spoiler: the mystery behind the millennium earl, the fourteenth and Allen]]
* ''Anime/DennouCoil'' mostly concerns itself with the daily lives of the children using the titular virtual reality glasses with their various adventures, but the mystery of who 4423 is, why he continues to haunt Yasako's memories, the nature of the Illegals who wander old E-spaces, the legend of the girl Michiko who will appear to grant a wish, and the connection between the two Yukos ties everything together.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', the protagonist is turned into a child by poison, seeks to punish those responsible, and find a cure to his condition.
* Every season of ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' has a myth arc, but especially ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' which had the season begin with [[LivingMacGuffin Calumon]]'s arrival into the human world and deeper into the season we find he's [[spoiler:the catalyst for Digimon evolution]]--not that [[{{Foreshadowing}} constant clues]] weren't given throughout the season.
* ''[[Anime/DokiDokiPrecure Doki! Doki! Pretty Cure!]]'' [[MythArc/DokiDokiPrecure has its own page]]. Unlike the previous ''Pretty Cure'' season, they aren't pure filler episodes and every episode advance the plot a little bit. The whole story is about the four [[spoiler:later five]] Pretty Cures getting stronger and fighting the Selfish Kingdom and the relationship between the TheHeroine and TheDragon.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'' had quite a few. The first were Goku's tail and unexplained powers and the Dragon Balls themselves, which were both introduced in the very first arc, but weren't resolved until Dragon Ball Z. There was another relating to the shared history of Piccolo and Kami, one involving Son Goku's gradual ascension into the mythical [[PhysicalGod Super Saiyan]], and one involving Son Gohan's hidden powers.
** Also Vegeta's [[CantCatchUp bitter]], one-sided [[TheRival rivalry]] with Goku, and his gradual change from [[HeelFaceTurn villain to anti-hero]].
* Pretty much the entire first season of ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' is just foreshadowing for the second half of the series and getting to know the characters.
** Specifically there are quite a few myth arcs in this series: Gekkostate's war with the United Federation, which is related to the conflict between Holland and Dewey Novak, the implied LoveDodecahedron between Renton, Eureka, Holland, and Talho ([[CaptainObvious it's complicated]]), Dominic's love for Anemone, Anemone's descent into madness as a result of piloting The END, Eureka's [[BodyHorror physical]] and [[CharacterDevelopment emotional]] metamorphosis, and most importantly, the growing relationship between [[OfficialCouple Renton and Eureka]], which is related to the scub coral and their attempts to communicate with mankind.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'' has the dragons' disappearance (and the number 7) which it will occasionally throw a tidbit out for. So far they've reaffirmed the date they all vanished, hinted that Dragon Slayers shouldn't actually exist, and even had a dragon sighting, but the heroes are too busy getting into all kinds of weird crap to follow up on this. [[spoiler:Until the direct involvement of seven dragons being brought from the past and seven Dragon Slayers fighting them, and later they meet one of them in the present again]].
** Another myth arc is about the dark wizard Zeref, who seems ever closer to bringing chaos about for every arc that passes by.
* Despite the first chapters of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' looking like your usual shonen AdventureTowns, the whole manga is one long and steady Myth Arc, going out of its way to explain how [[spoiler:the homunculi, Father, Hohenheim, the Gate of Truth, Amestris, and the destruction of Xerxes are all intertwined, ultimately leading up to Father's current plan of using the souls in Amestris to summon God.]] The author has actually said the ending for the story was the first thing she came up with, and then worked backwards from there.
** The [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 anime version]] has a different myth arc of its own: [[spoiler:Dante and her attempts to create a philosopher's stone to permit a BodySurf]].
* ''Manga/GalaxyExpress999'' is entirely focused on Tetsuro's journey with Maetel to Andromeda, where he'll get a mechanical body and eternal life. Each episode has the eponymous space train stopping on a different planet and Tetsuro and Maetel having many adventures, however there are hints of Maetel having an ulterior motive to travel with Tetsuro, as well as her receiving orders from a mysterious figure.
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' alternates between enthralling plots and (usually) comedic side stories, but generally centers around restoring balance to the ever-changing world thanks to the title character, who must be LockedOutOfTheLoop. (The novels are either a full story divided into chapters, or full off short stories.)
* The main focus of ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' is the conflict with [[{{Ghostapo}} Millennium]], a surviving group of ThoseWackyNazis that use special chips to create the artificial vampires that the Hellsing Organization has to deal with in the early chapters, a conflict which escalates further and further, culminating in an epic battle for the fate of London.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'' was about recovering the Shikon jewel shards and killing Naraku.
* ''Franchise/KagerouProject'' has one in the form of the Daze/Never-Ending World, [[spoiler:the BigBad who will do anything to live forever]], and how it ties into the backstory of ''every single main character''. While the series (particularly the [[Music/KagerouProject songs]] and [[Anime/MekakucityActors anime]]) is highly episodic and character-focused, every time we're given a glimpse into one of their back-stories, the larger mystery unfolding around them is fleshed out little by little, either through exposition (usually from Kido or Ene), seeing the events happen before us (as with Hibiya and Hiyori) or by [[spoiler:Shintaro's subconscious use of his time-line-spanning PhotographicMemory]]. Due to the LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters and the sheer complexity of the plot, ContinuityLockOut tends to ensue.
* ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'' has one of these, covering the final stages of a war between the [[TheEmpire Galactic Empire]] and the [[TheFederation Free Planets Alliance]], with two of the universe's most talented strategists facing off against one another throughout.
* The ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' franchise, in addition to having individual arcs in its shows, possesses several myth arcs that run throughout the ''franchise'', including learning more about the Protoculture and the origins of mankind and the Zentraedi, and finding worlds to replace the seriously damaged Earth.
** While opinions on it vary between a FairForItsDay CulturalTranslation and a horrible {{Macekre}}, the ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' franchise born from ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' possesses a somewhat similar but altered Myth Arc involving the Masters and their manipulation of multiple races throughout the galaxy, which culminates in the Earth becoming a shooting gallery for ''several'' interstellar conflicts fighting over Protoculture. Except in ''Robotech'' [[AppliedPhlebotinum Protoculture is a sort of living energy useful for hyperspace travel]], while in ''Macross'' they're an extinct {{Precursor|s}} race.
* ''Anime/{{Madlax}}'' similarly had a NebulousCriminalConspiracy Myth Arc with TheSyndicate of Enfant at its center. The investigation of Enfant completely eclipsed the Mission Of The Week and SliceOfLife routine by episode 10, but it wasn't until episode 18 that all PlotThreads converged into the main plot.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has Negi's search for his DisappearedDad. It doesn't really become central until around volume 6, which is naturally [[GeckoEnding where the anime adaptation cut off.]]
* ''Anime/{{Monster}}'': the goal to capture Johann Liebert, naturally.
** Also Tenma's quest to understand who Johann is, and Nina's attempt to make sense of her past.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' started off with a single, largely free-standing arc; the second arc kicked off a Myth Arc that has dominated the storyline ever since, with more and more getting added and making it even more complicated. Even the events of the first arc later come back.
** ''Manga/{{Boruto}}'' has been building its own myth arc as an extension of the evil plan from the final villain of the original series, starting with Boruto acquiring a mysterious eye power and [[spoiler:[[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie Toneri]]]] having something to do with it, the reveal of the existence of an alternate dimension, [[VaguenessIsComing a looming threat]] related to the Otsutsuki clan, and the plans of the NebulousEvilOrganization known as "Kara".
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' has the war on the Angels, which is later revealed to be a small part of [[spoiler:SEELE's [[AssimilationPlot Human Instrumentality Project]].]]
** However, the Series never actually explains the real circumstances behind the War with the Angels in the context of the Show itself ([[AllThereInTheManual there are however ancillary materials that clear up the plot]]), leading to the inevitable mindscrew it's infamous for.
* ''Anime/{{Noir}}'', as mentioned above, had a Myth Arc from the very first episode, which covered Mireille and Kirika's investigation of the AncientConspiracy of the "Soldats". At first, the series devoted much of its time to Target Of The Week episodes, but the Myth Arc gradually intensified, eventually completely eclipsing the assassins plot.
* The main Myth Arc of ''Manga/OnePiece'' is Luffy's quest to become the Pirate King, which starts in the first chapter. Another one starting later in the series revolves around the conflicts between the main powers of the world, how the main characters' actions affect the balance, and the secret history of the world (and just how far some will go to keep it that way).
* Ash's goal ToBeAMaster in the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime. [[LongRunner In each and every saga.]] But perhaps because this has no set conclusion and pay-off in sight, starting with Sinnoh, each major saga/series began to have their own Myth Arc that would be resolved by the end:
** In Sinnoh, the Myth Arc is based around the region's Time-Space Legend featuring Dialga and Palkia, the Legendary Lake Trio Pokémon and their mysterious connection to Ash, Dawn and Brock, and the machinations of Team Galactic as it attempts to use this legend and its Pokémon to create a new world for themselves that will replace the old one. Strangely, despite starting in the first episode (where Dawn catches sight of Mesprit), it concludes in episode 151, leaving 40 episodes still left to go.
** In Unova, the Myth Arc is based around the legend of the Black Hero and White Hero representing Ideals and Truth respectively, their Pokémon companions Zekrom and Reshiram, the new "chosen ones" Ash (with Pikachu) and N, and Team Plasma attempting to use this legend to advance its plan for world domination. While starting in the first episode, it only resurfaces in episode 64 and the ''Episode N'' story arc near the end of the series. It was supposed to have progressed through more episodes more routinely, but [[RealLifeWritesThePlot some real-life factors got in the way and changed this.]]
** In Kalos, the Myth Arc is based around the phenomenon of Mega Evolution, its origins and the characters who utilize it in the present day, and Team Flare desiring to use the energy of Mega Evolution and the Legendary Pokémon Zygarde to wipe out most of the world's population and preserve its "beauty". This arc not only progressed through many episodes but also through four "The Strongest Mega Evolution" side-story specials starring Alain (who would later become Ash's friend and rival in the actual anime), and concluded at the very end of the series.
** In Alola, the Myth Arc is based around the region's ancient mysteries and how they affect Ash and his friends in the present day: mysteries such as Z Crystals, the "Tapu" Guardian Pokémon, the legendary Solgaleo and Lunala, and the Ultra Beasts that come from Ultra Space.
* ''Anime/QueensBlade'' and its sequel ''Queen's Blade Rebellion'', besides the tournament, deals about a single question: ''Who the hell is the Swamp Witch anyways, and why she's so hellbent to destroy the tournament?''
* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' is usually divided into either three or four different story arcs, but the entire series is a single story building up to an [[IncrediblyLamePun apocalyptic]] finale, showing how [[spoiler: Akio grooms and manipulates Utena through a specific set of trials, all leading up to the moment where she trusts Anthy enough to let her draw the sword of her heart and stab her in the back with it]].
* ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'' is a Myth Arc inside a Myth Arc. For the entire first series, the only visible arc is the four heroes' quest to reach India, crush the baddies' nefarious scheme, and restore peace and harmony to Tougenkyo. It's not until midway thru the second series that the real Arc--which finally takes main stage in the third series--begins to reveal itself (why are these particular four on the mission? who is the only human in Houtou Castle? and [[spoiler:just how did Sanzo's master really die, and why?]])
* ''Anime/ShamanKing'' does this when, sometime between the end of Season 1 and the start of Season 3, the focus of the series leaves the Shaman Fight entirely and delves off into exploring Hao's involvement in [[spoiler:his third consecutive Shaman Fight, at each of which he attempted to steal the Great Spirit]], as well as Hao being [[spoiler:Yoh's EvilTwin]]. In fact, the series technically ends before the Shaman King is even decided, with the manga going on an extremely long and sudden SeriesHiatus (the anime concluded with a vague GeckoEnding). The final issues were published four or five years later.
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' is pretty good at alternating between Myth Arc and filler episodes. While each season will have one story arc spanning it, the three story arcs are intricately connected and form one very long plot.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' starts off as an episodic action/adventure/mecha series following a small band of rebels fighting the Beastmen, who had driven humanity underground. After a mindblowing plot twist followed by some significant CharacterDevelopment, the series developed into a full-blown war-story. However, after a TimeSkip, it is revealed that the war was nothing more than a tiny part of the whole picture.
* ''Manga/VinlandSaga'' has Thorfinn's dreams of Vinland and the phrase "somewhere not here".
* The overarching plot in ''Manga/YamadaKunAndTheSevenWitches'' is about [[DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife Yamada finding out what kind of person he really is and what he's good for]] - the individual story arcs come from how he helps witches, recovers lost memories and develops a romance with Shiraishi in the process.
* ''Manga/YuGiOh'' had the history of the Pharaoh, the Millennium Items, and the Shadow Games (Games of Darkness in Japan) that advanced with each StoryArc until its conclusion at the end of the series.

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* AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho has its own Myth Arcs. For the Eighth Doctor there was anti-time and the Divergent Universe, which stretched from his first Big Finish appearance "Storm Warning" (January 2001) to "The Next Life" (December 2004), the four "seasons" where he was the current Doctor.
** Then for the later Eighth Doctor stories, from the finale of the New Eighth Doctor Adventures into Dark Eyes, they seem to be tying into the Time War, with events like the Daleks trying to destroy the Time Lords and the Master being resurrected.
** Before this was the "Dalek Empire" arc, showing the Daleks expanding their Empire and attacking Gallifrey. This leads into the "Dalek Empire" series, showing their attacks on the Milky Way in the 42nd and 67th centuries.
*** Unintentionally Part 2 of Dalek Empire "The Apocalypse Element" where the Daleks attack Gallifrey seems to be part of the Time War. In the Doctor Who 2006 annual RTD claims this may have begun the escalation of events.
* ''Podcast/KakosIndustries'' has the running plot threads concerning the future CEO of the company as Corin Deeth III does his best to keep his new position. Melantha's rival company's pety manipulations, Belladonica's various schemes to kill or seduce him with the aid of her time-displaced cult, Hailey's gradual increase in demonic power, and his grandfather Corin Deeth I's letters sent from the past. There's also the implied disappearance of Corin Deeth II, who has yet to be so much as mentioned despite being the protagonist's father.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/OneHundredBullets'', one that only becomes apparent later on via JigsawPuzzlePlot.
* Ever since [[ComicBook/{{New52}} the reboot]], ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} has been mostly built around the mystery of just what -- or ''who'' -- sank Atlantis.
* ''ComicBook/{{Bone}}'', often classified as a more comedic ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'', has a myth arc involving the Bones finding a way back home, Thorn's true lineage, the war between Atheia and the Lord of the Locusts, and the [[BigBad Big Bad's]] search for someone in a black shirt with a star on it...
* The current ''ComicBook/{{Deadpool}}'' ongoings seem to be developing a myth arc concerning [[HeroicComedicSociopath Deadpool]] trying to be a better person. No telling how long it will go on for though.
* ''ComicBook/DruidCity'''s main character, Hunter Hastings, refuses to speak about the events that lead to him fleeing Austin, Texas. In each volume, more hints are revealed for his reason, normally through contact with the character Jenean Walker, who does enter the main story until Volume 7.
* Creator/GeoffJohns' entire run on ''ComicBook/GreenLantern'' is one long interconnected storyline spanning across 87 issues, which were connected so strongly that even the ContinuityReboot of the ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'' couldn't break their momentum. Together, they tell the story of the discovery of the Emotional Spectrum and all of the resultant fallout, including the foundation of eight new Lantern Corps aligned with different emotions (as well as with Death and Life itself), the "War of Light" between the Corps, the battle against the rogue Guardian "[[GreaterScopeVillain Krona]]" (the original custodian of the Emotional Entities), and [[DividedWeFall the fracturing of the Green Lantern Corps]]. All 67 issues of the comic's fourth volume (2005-2011) tell that story, which kept right on going for the first 20 issues of the fifth volume (2011-present) until Johns finally bowed out. Even before the fourth volume began, Johns' limited series ''Green Lantern: Rebirth'' laid some of the crucial foundations for the MythArc: it reintroduced the classic villains Sinestro and Black Hand, the eventual founders of the [[ComicBook/SinestroCorpsWar Sinestro Corps]] and the [[ComicBook/BlackestNight Black Lantern Corps]], and it finally explained that Parallax (the "yellow impurity") was actually the living [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Emotional Entity]] of Fear--who would eventually turn out to be one of seven such Entities. [[note]] As a final kicker: Johns even revamped Green Lantern's classic origin story to better tie it in with the Emotional Spectrum MythArc, revealing that Atrocitus (founder of the Red Lanterns) was the one who killed Abin Sur, that Parallax's influence led Abin Sur to lose faith in his ring and travel in a spaceship, and that the prophecy of the Blackest Night convinced Abin Sur to travel to Earth to find the future founder of the Black Lanterns. ''Damn''.[[/note]]
* The ''Comicbook/{{Grendel}}'' comics are basically one big Myth Arc detailing the beginnings of a young man who becomes an assassin and eventually telling how, in his basic idea and concept, Grendel conquers the planet.
* ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'''s myth arc (emphasis on "myth") was plotted out almost entirely around 2001 when author Mike Mignola had him leave the BPRD to go WanderingTheEarth. Since then the (now six) books set in that universe have sketched out a grand myth arc spanning the creation of the world to TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' has had a myth arc building for much of the comic's run as to whether the Judges' rule is legitimate. This question has been hanging since 1977, but the ''Origins'' story has this bombshell: [[spoiler:Judge Fargo, the first Chief Judge and the one whom Dredd and several others were cloned from, had a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment when he saw what America was becoming under the Judges, and his last words to Dredd were to tell him that the Judges' rule was wrong, and he had to reverse it.]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'': Jesse, Tulip, and Cassidy's ongoing search for {{God}}.
* ''Comicbook/TheSandman'' is a clever example of a Myth Arc in disguise. While the occasional volume may have some development on what would ''seem'' to be an ongoing story (''Season Of Mists'' and ''Brief Lives'') it is not until ''The Kindly Ones'' when we learn that nearly all aspects of the series were parts of [[spoiler:Dream's ongoing [[ThePlan plan]] to evolve himself into a more sympathetic being.]]
** ''ComicBook/{{Lucifer}}'' has a more typical one, as events from previous arcs weave into those of the next.
* IDW's recent ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW Transformers]]'' comics seem to be setting up a ''double'' Myth Arc. One concerning the Lost Light and its crew's search for [[TheGhost the Knights of Cybertron]] and another one concerning Bumblebee and the other Autobots attempts to maintain peace on Cybertron (it's not going well to say the least). They also appear to be building up to the return of [[BigGood Optimus Prime]].
* ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'' was once described[[note]]in the "About The Author" section from the first ComicBook/{{Planetary}} trade[[/note]] as a "3000 page graphic novel".
* ''ComicBook/UltimateMarvel'' has the Super Soldier Serum, the attempts to replicate it, and how that's led to a superhuman arms race responsible for most of the heroes and villains getting their powers.
* J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman's 24-issue ''ComicBook/{{Batwoman}}'' run deals with Batwoman getting blackmailed by, working for, and then rebelling against the D.E.O., all the while becoming less hard-nosed about her IWorkAlone attitude.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* The ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'' has two myth arcs:
** [[spoiler:Discord's return]] being built up through [[BreakTheCutie Diamond Tiara's]] actions.
** The BadFuture established in "[[AlternateEnding Epilogue]]" being built up through {{Vision Quest}}s before the story finally returns to it in the Dark World Series.
* [[Fanfic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse The Lunaverse]] is primarily built around the struggle between the Luna 6 and [[AGodAmI Corona]]; while they face other villains, she's the overall looming threat throughout the series.
* ''Fanfic/ReimaginedEnterprise'': The approaching Earth-Romulan War [[spoiler: up until the last episode of the second season, where it shifts into the ''ongoing'' Earth-Romulan War]]. Would be a spoiler, except, of course, it was established [[Recap/StarTrekS1E14BalanceOfTerror long before the series]] that there was an Earth-Romulan War around this time.
* The ''FanFic/FacingTheFutureSeries'' has several ongoing story threads that may or may not be connected -- [[ArchEnemy Vlad]] sending ghosts after Danny for unclear reasons, the MysteriousWatcher known as "G" keeping an eye on Danny for his shadowy superiors, and Danny somehow developing both a [[DeadlyUpgrade dangerous]] SuperMode and a PsychicLink with Sam.
* ''Blog/ThePredespairKids'' was initially meant to be a fan prequel to the events of ''VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}'', but it's since transitioned into its own AlternateUniverse. The current story is now based around the struggle between the students and Ultimate Despair, and if it's possible to stop them and prevent [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the Tragedy]]. While there are many other story lines going on at the same time, this is the overarching issue that hangs over them all.
* In ''Fanfic/CodeGeassColorlessMemories'' So far one has been hinted and built up in the background of the fic, that seems to relate to Kaguya Sumeragi's family that OSI agent Harald Thompson outright called [[spoiler: The Sumeragi's Legacy]] with it apparently extending all the way back to the Heian period of Japanese history.
* The ''Fanfic/HalloweenUnspectacular'' series has had a couple so far:
** The first, nicknamed the Fiddley Canon, connects virtually everything involved in the various individual {{Story Arc}}s from [=HU1=] through [=HU5=]. This includes the {{Reality Warp|er}}ing Fiddley Thing device, sorcery, dragons, [[Myth/KingArthur Arthurian mythology]], and several other things.
** The second, starting in [=HU6=], involves attempts by the [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi]] [[TheRemnant remnant]] group PURITY to TakeOverTheWorld and [[FinalSolution eliminate]] all superpowered and nonhuman beings.
* ''FanFic/ToHellAndBackArrowverse'':
** According to the author, the first half of the story is building to Arc V, which marks the halfway point of the story.
** [[spoiler:Another myth arc involves the mystery time traveler that is implied to be responsible for all the changes to the timeline prior to Nora Allen's death, including Kara's early arrival to Earth, the survival of Bruce Wayne's parents, and Diana never leaving Themyscira]].

* The Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse has a long one, spanning 10 years, multiple companies and several mediums.
** Phase-wise:
*** The arc started with Phase One, with Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and others fighting their own personal battles, but coming together to fight Loki and the Chitauri [[spoiler:lead by Thanos]].
*** Phase Two brought down SHIELD, fought Malekith, and saved Nova, culminating with fighting Ultron, a creation of Tony Stark gone wrong.
*** Phase Three ends an arc starting in ''The Avengers'' and ending in ''Infinity War'', plus others.
** Arc-wise:
*** The Infinity Stones Arc started in Phase 1's ''[[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger The First Avenger]]'' (although it retroactively tied into ''Film/IronMan1'') with the Tesseract/Cosmic Cube, eventually shown to be the Space Stone. Phase 2 brought 3 more stones into acknowledgement; confirming Loki's Scepter was one of them in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' with two others showing up in ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'' and ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''. This arc continues in Phase 3, with another stone subtly brought in via ''Film/DoctorStrange2016'', and ending with the Infinity War.
*** The Avengers Arc starts in Phase 1 with Nick Fury trying to build the team, successfully doing so in the Avengers. The team disbanded at the end, but reformed to take out a Hydra Outpost, and due to Ultron had membership change and start to fracture. These fractures split the team apart fully in ''Civil War'', and will presumably be healed in ''Infinity War''.
*** The Hydra Arc starts in ''The First Avenger'', cameoing in ''The Avengers'', coming back in ''[[Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier Winter Soldier]]'' and spilling into ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' The show takes this and runs with it, tying it into its own arcs, such as Coulson's take over of SHIELD, and the Inhumans.

* ''Literature/The39Clues'' is a myth arc about completing the search for the titular 39 clues.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' has one with the Yeerks, namely the overarching conflict across the galaxy. It was basically guaranteed that any book narrated by Ax would discuss this slight bit, any book narrated by Marco would have the myth-arc regarding [[spoiler:his mother, Visser One]], and stuff narrated by Tobias would deal with the Hork-Bajir, and the Anti-Morphing Ray arc. The whole series had the myth-arc of the war between Crayak and Ellimist, generally covered in Rachel's narrations.
* A rather notable example in the "hidden epic" of ''Literature/TheCosmere''. So far the only connections between the different worlds are Hoid, parallels between the Shards, and a few other things. However [[WordOfGod Sanderson has stated]] that he plans to have these references form an extra story in conjunction with the main plots of each of his books.
* ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' is, of course, about Roland's journey to the Dark Tower.
* The Literature/{{Deryni}} novels and short stories have interrelated plot arcs that span several centuries.
** Fraught relations between the kingdoms of Gwynedd and Torenth. A younger son of the Torenthi king invades and conquers Gwynedd; after much suffering and several generations, the old ruling family is restored, but at a high price. Descendants of the Torenthi invaders repeatedly attempt to reclaim Gwynedd over the following centuries, and the claim is ultimately folded back into the Torenthi ruling House of Furstan.
** Deryni-human relations change dramatically in response to the conquest and restoration. Deryni were open and respected, with established schools teaching the ars magica and Healing in particular. A reactionary segment of human lords spiritual and temporal proclaim Deryni to be anathema to solidify their own power after the restoration. The masses are easily brought to help with the persecution of Deryni, thanks to their lack of sophistication and the efforts of dogmatic churchmen. It literally takes centuries for the right people to come on the scene to openly contest the notion that all Deryni are evil and live to tell the tale--and even then, it's a close-run thing for some of them.
* The various Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse novel series have had their own myth arcs. The Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures had a myth arc concerning [[spoiler:the Doctor's true identity and the murky origins of the Time Lords]]; the Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures had a myth arc concerning [[spoiler:a future "War in Heaven" between the Time Lords and an unknown enemy, and the implications for the rest of the universe when the Time Lords lose]].
** The Franchise/BerniceSummerfield novels and audio dramas each have their own distinct Myth Arc, despite having several episodes in common -- the audio dramas describe [[spoiler: the rise and fall of the Irving Braxiatel]], while the novels concern [[spoiler: the unleashing of a SealedEvilInACan from Dellah University, leading to the Time Lords and the People vanishing from the universe]]. Some attempt is made at ArcWelding into a single series despite their drastically different depictions of the title character.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' seems to have developed this as of ''Literature/ProvenGuilty'' with the reveal of [[spoiler:the Black Council]]. And after ''Literature/ColdDays'' [[spoiler: with the introduction of [[EldritchAbomination Outsiders]] and [[TheVirus Nemesis]],]] it's definitely [[GoingCosmic Gone Cosmic]].
** Even before that there was Harry's war with the Red Court following the events of ''Grave Pearl'' and Harry's dealings with TheFairFolk. The series has dipped its hands into a few arcs.
* Creator/UmbertoEco's novels (''Literature/TheNameOfTheRose'', ''Literature/FoucaultsPendulum'', ''The Island Of The Day Before'', ''Baudolino'', and ''The Mysterious Flame Of Queen Loana'') supposedly form a Myth Arc, but rather infuriatingly, he ''never said what it was'', and the connections are [[JigsawPuzzlePlot too subtle]] for anybody else to even ''begin'' to guess.
* The ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' trilogy is about the psychohistorically predicted decline and fall of the Galactic Empire and the eventual rise of the Foundation to become the next empire.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter''. Every book is about Harry's struggle against Voldemort, in one form or another. The [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets second book]] ''seemed'' like an oddball, MonsterOfTheWeek episode, until book six [[InnocuouslyImportantEpisode revealed just how well it fit into the overall story]].
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' (although it was originally meant to be one book), as well as many other popular fantasy series. {{LotR}} itself is merely the (chronologically) final movement of the greater MythArc that is TolkiensLegendarium, concerned with the history of Middle-earth and the struggles of the Free Peoples against the Dark Lords Morgoth and Sauron.
* Creator/StevenErikson's ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'': Although there are three rough story arcs spread between the ten books -- commonly called the Genabackis, Seven Cities and Letheras (or Tiste Edur) arcs, after their respective primary geographical settings -- they all interweave and connect to the arc of the Crippled God, which covers several hundred thousand years (mostly in backstory), including dragons, primitive hominids, many many gods and demigods, multiple world-spanning disasters and what ever the heck happened to Mother Dark. The histories of Dessimbelackis' First, the Imass First, the Malazan and Letherii Empires are also mysteries that carry the plot. Dang archaeologists.
* All of the books in Dennis L. [=McKiernan's=] ''Mithgar'' series fit this trope. They might seem unrelated at first (many books are stand-alone and can be read without reading the others) however they all play a part in the culmination of the Myth Arc and the defeating of the BigBad. It's especially impressive considering the books were not written in (in-universe) chronological order.
* ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' - the whole series is about preventing the rise of the Titans.
** The SequelSeries, ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'', is also a myth arc about uniting the Greek and Roman demigods and keeping Gaea asleep.
* Creator/RobinHobb's ''Literature/RealmOfTheElderlings'' 'verse is split into, at present, four different series which in many ways are self-contained. Together, however, they make up one big Myth Arc about the return of the dragons and the White Prophet's quest.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' - the whole series is essentially covered by a story arc dealing with the troubles revolving the Kingdom's throne and who is to be the supreme ruler, and there's still no end in sight. Complicated by the fact that the story is a DeconstructorFleet, and so even familiar Myth Arcs like TheChosenOne or the RightfulKingReturns aren't sure bets.
** And hidden beneath ''that'' is the coming of [[TheLegionsOfHell the Others]], and the prophecy of The Prince Who Was Promised.
--> ''And his shall be the [[TitleDrop song of ice and fire]].''
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
** The ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' series is a nineteen-book Myth Arc detailing the apocalyptic war between the New Republic and the [[OutsideContextProblem invading]] [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Yuuzhan Vong]].

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* ''Series/{{Alias}}'' was a otherwise straightforward TuxedoAndMartini spy drama, but also had a show-spanning Myth Arc involving a Creator/LeonardoDaVinci knockoff Renaissance inventor named Milo Rambaldi.
* Originally intended to be an episodic supernatural-mystery-of-the-week series, ''Series/{{Angel}}'' began developing a myth arc of its own with its first season finale, involving Angel and friends being pivotal players in an upcoming apocalypse.
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' has the flashbacks to Oliver's "five years in hell" when everyone thought he was dead and he learned the skills that led to him becoming the Hood/Arrow/Green Arrow. This concludes at the end of Season 5, which brings the story [[WhereItAllBegan full circle]] with the final flashback scenes showing him being picked up off of Lian Yu by a fishing boat, as depicted in the very beginning of the series.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'', as mentioned in the article itself, is one of the archetypical Myth Arcs, and often credited/blamed for the proliferation of Myth Arcs in science fiction shows since.
* [[Series/BattlestarGalactica1978 Both]] [[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 versions]] of ''Battlestar Galactica'' were arc-based, though elements thereof were made up on the fly; in the [[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 2000s version]], for example, the one-shot character Sam Anders was reintroduced into the arc 15 episodes after his first appearance, and became a recurring character in Season 3, because actress Creator/KateeSackhoff (Starbuck) wanted her character to have a love interest. By season 4 it is fair to say that he has suddenly become absolutely vital to the ongoing (and soon to be ending) arc.
** Before Sam Anders, another one-shot character who ended up being relatively fundamental to an ongoing plot point of ''Galactica'' is Karl "Helo" Agathon. Originally he was supposed to die abandoned in Caprica during the miniseries. The Powers that Be liked him enough to bring him back to eventually be [[spoiler:the father of the shape of things to come, Hera,]] and occasionally the second in command of Galactica herself. [[spoiler:Also, one of the few who managed to get a truly happy ending...well, if you consider living like a Luddite on the prehistoric savannas of Africa a frakking happy ending.]]
* In ''Series/{{Castle}}'', finding who killed Beckett's mother, and the organization behind him.
** The 3XK plotline seems to be a ''second'' myth arc for the show.
* The entire run of classic and new series ''Series/DoctorWho'' has a few common threads running through; most notably, the premise of "Doctor who?" has varying surges of interest in different series; the new series has picked up on the mystery behind the Doctor's name again, with [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E9ForestOfTheDead "Forest of the Dead"]] [[spoiler:confirming that he actually ''has'' a real name]]. Whether or not these questions can be classed as arcs probably hinges upon whether they were ever ''intended'' to be answered.
** With the revival, the production teams of both Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat have taken to building up individual [[StoryArc story arcs]] in each season/series that eventually come together to have a huge payoff as the current Doctor's tenure comes to a close. This is done by adding subtle hints, clues, and foreshadowing throughout the episodes on both story arc and myth arc scales:
*** The first four series of the revival eventually coalesce into a Myth Arc in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]], which draws elements from every preceding series as well as featuring every major recurring character up to that point.
*** Series 5-7 and the specials afterward -- the tenure of the Eleventh Doctor -- build a Myth Arc of their own based around the relationship between the Doctor and River Song, the Silence, [[spoiler:and the reasoning behind the TARDIS exploding in the Series 5 finale]]. His GrandFinale duet of specials, [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor"]] and [[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor "The Time of the Doctor"]], also link back to the Time War arc of Series 1-4, directly resulting from it, and therefore arguably linking together all seven series up to that point.
*** The Twelfth Doctor's myth arc (Series 8-10 plus specials) is completely focused on his CharacterDevelopment, as he reevaluates whether he is "a good man" or not in the wake of all the "cosmic" crises in his life being wrapped up save for [[spoiler: not knowing where his homeworld is]] (an issue resolved in the Series 9 finale). The one constant secondary character through three seasons is his ArchEnemy Missy, whose CharacterDevelopment reflects and contrasts with his. He grows from a coldly PragmaticHero who HatesBeingTouched in Series 8 to a warmer soul hamstrung by a codependent relationship with his companion in Series 9 to perhaps the most empathetic and ''kindest'' incarnation of the Doctor in Series 10. Notably, the following two secondary characters' myth arcs are tied up with his.
*** Starting with the Series 7 premiere [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks "Asylum of the Daleks"]], Clara Oswald has a myth arc as she goes from a seemingly "Impossible Girl" to the Doctor's DistaffCounterpart and arguable soulmate. This culminates in the Series 9 finale storyline, in which she [[spoiler: dies . . . yet goes on to have near-infinite adventures in her last moment of life, with a TARDIS and companion of her own]].
*** River Song's personal myth arc, which dates back to Series 4's [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E8SilenceInTheLibrary "Silence in the Library"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E9ForestOfTheDead "Forest of the Dead"]], is formally concluded with the post-Series 9 ChristmasEpisode [[Recap/DoctorWho2015CSTheHusbandsOfRiverSong "The Husbands of River Song"]], which ends with [[spoiler: her and the Twelfth Doctor having 24 happy years together before she goes to said library, bringing things full circle]].
** According to [[http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/continuity-of-the-daleks-63003.htm one theory]], the Time War forms a complex web of a myth arc going [[AnachronicOrder back and forth across the series]]. The Doctor [[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E4GenesisOfTheDaleks fails to prevent the creation]] of the Daleks and is earlier unsuccessful at destroying them at an early stage in his [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E2TheDaleks first encounter]], which leads them to develop space travel and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E2TheDalekInvasionOfEarth become an all-conquering armada]]. They then [[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E9TheEvilOfTheDaleks develop a crude form of time travel]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E1DestinyOfTheDaleks resurrect their creator]] who [[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E4TheDaleksMasterPlan helps them refine it]], which they use to try and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E8TheChase defeat the Doctor at an earlier point in his life]] after declaring war against his people. After centuries of fighting and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E1Rose countless]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E3TheUnquietDead civilisations]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E1TerrorOfTheZygons lost]], the Doctor defeats the Daleks single-handedly by destroying his home planet, [[spoiler:[[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor except not really]]]], resulting in only [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E6Dalek a few]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E13ThePartingOfTheWays survivors]] falling out of time. A Dalek sect called "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E13Doomsday The Cult of Skaro]]" escaped out of the universe and returned after the war to rebuild the Dalek race. They are defeated, but their last surviving member [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E12TheStolenEarth rescues Davros from the Time War]], but then goes mad and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd engineers the total defeat of the Daleks]]. Only a few survive, but they rebuild their race [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E3VictoryOfTheDaleks from some of the very first Dalek DNA]] and depart to conquer the universe again. Davros survives and attempts to [[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E1RemembranceOfTheDaleks secure the Time Lords' secret to perfect time travel]], but fails and his home planet is destroyed in the process.
* ''Series/EarthFinalConflict'' was both loved and praised by its fans for its complicated, multidimensional and just way too convoluted arc. The writers were smart enough to make all things vague and open to personal interpretation to avoid an inevitable SeriesContinuityError and mostly let the viewer himself discern right from wrong.
* On ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', Crichton's efforts to return home to Earth, and the attempts by the Peacekeepers and Scarrans to gain access to the wormhole technology he's using to do it.
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' started off as a MonsterOfTheWeek show, with some mythology elements seeded in to keep the traditional Creator/JJAbrams crowd interested. Over time, however, the procedural elements have taken a definite backseat to the story arc. While there are still a fair number of episodes with a case of the week, often towards the middle of the season, the Myth Arc still tends to feature prominently in them.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', unsurprisingly, all boils down to the story of how Ted met his future kids' mother.
* ''Series/TheLegendOfDickAndDom'' has the quest to create the potion and return it to Fyredor.
* The quirky PoliceProcedural ''Series/{{Life}}'' was an example of the mixture idea: while each episode involved solving an individual MysteryOfTheWeek, most episodes would also involve the main character's quest discover who arranged for him to be wrongfully convicted of murder. This story was left largely hanging by the series' abrupt cancellation. While, by the second season's finale, he had learned ''why'' he was framed, he had not learned ''who'' (and since the "why" was the second one claimed in as many seasons, that, too, could have been merely a RedHerring).
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' has a Myth Arc built in, though it is a bone of contention as to whether the authors actually knew where they were headed or not. The [[WordOfGod official line from the creators]] is that they knew how they wanted to end the series, and how to direct the plotlines to get there. Now that it is over, debate rages as to whether the last season was a fulfillment of a proper Myth Arc or an AssPull.
** Unsurprisingly, a number of shows that [[FollowTheLeader tried to cash in on the success of]] ''Series/{{Lost}}'' had them, too: ''Series/{{Invasion}}'', ''Series/{{Threshold}}'', ''Surface'' -- well, we assume they did; they were cancelled before the arcs could develop.
** More successful were ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred'' and ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', although the former actually predated ''Series/{{Lost}}'' by a good few months.
* ''Series/TheMentalist'' has the mystery of finding out who the serial killer Red John is.
* ''Series/{{Monk}}'': Finding out who murdered Trudy Monk.
* ''Series/OrphanBlack'' goes ''hard'' with the Myth Arc, with the clones of "Project Leda" hunting to find out how and why they exist, while being under constant surveillance and threat of the Dyad Institute. Season 3 complicated this with the introduction of [[spoiler: the male clones of Project Castor.]]
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' has a strong Myth Arc surrounding the Machine, the [[AppliedPhlebotinum advanced]] [[SinisterSurveillance surveillance]] [[MagicalComputer supercomputer]] that identifies each episode's VictimOfTheWeek for [[WeHelpTheHelpless the protagonists to help]]. Most episodes flesh out a different aspect, either how it was created (via Finch's flashbacks), what various superpowers will do to obtain or control it (via Reese's flashbacks and several present-day stories) or [[InstantAIJustAddWater just what the Machine has become capable of on its own]].
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' had the conflict with the Dominion; although the Dominion wasn't even mentioned for the first season, the claiming of the wormhole to the Gamma Quadrant in the pilot episode sets up this conflict.
* While ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' is also a MonsterOfTheWeek show, the main ongoing plot-driven arc is tied directly into the long-term plans that a demon had for the Winchester family: specifically, Sam and Dean's attempts to figure out what those plans are and to thwart them. (With varying degrees of success. All ''four'' [[spoiler:(five)]] of the Winchesters have had significant NiceJobBreakingItHero moments.) The first couple of seasons almost implied that Sam alone was key to the Myth Arc, but there were hints, such as the anvils dropped in "Faith" and "Houses Of The Holy" or the Yellow-Eyed Demon preferring to spend time breaking down/taunting Dean rather than Sam in both of their major confrontations, that suggested throughout that Dean was pretty important himself. Cue Seasons Four and Five and both brothers are held on an approximately equal level of importance in terms of the Myth Arc and ''neither'' of them wants the job.
** Somehow, the [[LongRunners four seasons]] that come after the Apocalypse is over manage to combine this trope ''and'' StoryArc by dealing with the fallout of the first five seasons through the use of several larger enemies that come in and make their move, most lasting only one season before being killed off. The writers even go back to previously-dropped plot threads from the first five seasons and expand on them, such as creating another prophet [[spoiler:that isn't [[GodInHumanForm God in disguise]] this time]].
* ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' had a running Myth Arc regarding the characters preventing Skynet's creation and Judgment Day, though it also focuses on numerous subplots and a lot of personal character development.
* ''Series/TwinPeaks'' looked like it had a Myth Arc, but David Lynch later admitted he had been making it all up as he went along.
* Following ''Monk'', the various "quirky" shows on Creator/USANetwork have also adopted the system of having a Myth Arc across episodes that mostly focus on MysteryOfTheWeek or MonsterOfTheWeek episodes. As follows, they are:
** ''Series/BurnNotice'': Who burned Michael Westen? How can he get un-burned? ''Will'' he get un-burned at all? And who exactly is [[WarForFunAndProfit going about starting wars for the money]]?
** ''Series/WhiteCollar'': Who is the Man with the Ring? What happened/[[spoiler:who killed]] Kate? And what will become of the music box?
** ''Series/RoyalPains'': What's wrong with [=HankMed=]'s mysterious benefactor, Boris? And what exactly was/is Eddie R. Lawson up to?
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' starts out as a semi-episodic MonsterOfTheWeek style mystery show but over time, it develops an overarching storyline concerning a government conspiracy and possible alien activity. Unfortunately, the arc wasn't resolved by the time of the final episode which ends revealing that all this abduction, conspiracy, alien stuff is linked to a possible full-on [[spoiler: AlienInvasion]].

* Music/{{Ayreon}} did this, though not chronologically, with the story of Humanity from Planet Y to 2084.
* Music/FrankZappa did this with his ''music''; he had a massive stockpile of cultural references, injokes, and musical riffs which he repeatedly drew from over his thirty-year career.
* Coheed and Cambria's music is one enormous myth arc.
** Complete with a tie-in comic book. Written by Claudio Sanchez himself!
* Craig Finn's bands, Lifter Puller and Music/TheHoldSteady both contain myth-arcs of a sort.
* Music/BraveSaintSaturn's three albums all told a single story about a manned mission to Saturn that went awry.
* Music/RhapsodyOfFire tells the tale of the defeat of [[BigBad Nekron]] through most of their albums.
* Music/MarilynManson's late 90s albums, ''Music/AntichristSuperstar, Music/MechanicalAnimals'' and ''Music/HolyWoodInTheShadowOfTheValleyOfDeath'' are a trilogy according to Manson, exploring the relationship between death and fame. What's more, ''Holy Wood'' is apparently the prequel, despite coming last. The themes of gun violence and celebrity culture in America are still returned to periodically in Manson's latter-day albums.

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* ''Wiki/{{SCP Foundation}}''
** Pitch Haven, which is made up of, among others, [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1903 SCP-1903]], [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-SCP-1913 SCP-1913]], [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2746 SCP-2746]] and [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2999 SCP-2999]]. WordOfGod says that [[spoiler: it's a story about reincarnating spirits (who just happen to resemble [[PettingZooPeople anthropomorphic animals]]) that were exiled from the Garden Of Eden for an unknown crime, and were punished in ways such as gouging out eyes and severing limbs. Oh, and 682 is the Serpent from the Garden.]]
** The Bonifay Family, which is made up of three [=SCPs=]: [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1890 SCP-1890]], [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1896 SCP-1896]] and [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1928 SCP-1928]], which tell the story of a "Family" of people in TheSavageSouth in the aftermath of a hurricane.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic'' games have individual plots that are quite simple and a much more complex plot that spans the entire series as well alternating with the ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic'' spinoff series. Playing the entire franchise in the fiction's chronological order can be very interesting as all the pieces of the puzzle click together.
** ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic V'', its addons, and ''VideoGame/DarkMessiah'' together form another Myth Arc.
** There were exceptions: ''Heroes II'''s expansion were unconnected to the rest (indeed, not even all the campaigns ''in'' the expansion appears to take place in the same world), Might and Magic IX dropped the thread that had bound ''all'' RPG Might and Magic games up to then[[note]]There were plans to retroactively correct that, but 3DO's death stopped that[[/note]], and Heroes IV's expansions were more-or-less only connected via taking place on the same world as Heroes IV, away from both Heroes IV's and Might and Magic IX's settings and stories.
* ''Franchise/MetalGear''. Now, about Metal Gear... though there's a school of thought that Kojima was just making it up and {{retcon}}ning as he went along. Reportedly, he wanted to end the series with ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', but got pressured into continuing. Taking four whole games on 3 different consoles to setup and resolve the [[spoiler:Patriots]] arc might be his way of getting revenge.
* The "Xehanort Saga" of the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' is building up a decent Myth Arc and it will be interesting to see what parts of it are carried on into ''New Vegas'' -- there are two main strands to this: firstly the story of how the world ended up the way it did, and how the Government with its [[CrapsaccharineWorld Crapsaccharine]] Vault experiments became the Enclave which is encountered by the PC in ''2'' and ''3'', and had its sticky little fingers in the FEV virus you discover in ''1''. Secondly, the story is about how the world is on the road to some kind of recovery -- in every game so far, the world has been slightly more built-up, less sparsely populated and a little less {{crapsack|World}} than the last, and the player can affect this progress; hindering by destroying entire settlements or helping by improving the ones that exist. Each game also gives you the chance to help Harold, who is, if you keep him alive in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', pretty much the only way the desert will ever become green again. All of this makes gritty little Fallout one of the most [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism idealistic]] video games out there, in an EarnYourHappyEnding kind of way.
** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' in particular has a Myth Arc in its DLC involving Ulysses, the original courier who was to deliver the Platinum Chip who has some past history with the Courier. Their final confrontation is the entire point of the DLC Lonesome Road.
*** Lonesome Road is just the end of the myth arc, as Ulysses is mentioned as early as the second town visited in the main game, and mentioned several times after. He follows you around for the majority of the main game, and you follow him for the majority of the DLC. To elaborate: Ulysses and Courier 6 inadvertently cause all of the main plots of the DLC and the main game: Courier 6 is the one responsible for the destruction of the Divide (the setting of ''Lonesome Road''), following which Ulysses travels to Utah and trains the White Legs to destroy New Canaan and the Burned Man (who reappears, along with the White Legs, in ''Honest Hearts''). Ulysses then made his way to the Big MT (setting of ''Old World Blues'') and met with Elijah and Christine, among others, of the Brotherhood of Steel. He then sent the former to the Sierra Madre (where he meets Courier 6, becoming the villain of ''Dead Money'', which takes place in the Sierra Madre). He then talks to the Think Tank of the Big MT and convinces them to remember their history and retake America, thus setting in motion the events of ''Old World Blues''. After all this, he initially signs up to deliver the [[Main/{{MacGuffin}} Platinum Chip]] until he notices Courier 6's name next on the list, and has him/her deliver it instead, hoping that it will kill him (which sets in motion the main game's plot: if not for Ulysses, Courier 6 wouldn't have delivered the chip, been ambushed by Benny and the Great Khans, shot in the head, and so on). He then returns to the Divide to, when it becomes clear Courier 6 has survived the delivery, take his revenge (which is the plot of ''Lonesome Road'').
** Fans have theorized that the series is leading up to a final clash between the ever-expanding New California Republic and the authoritarian technocracy that is the Eastern Brotherhood of Steel. Keeping in line with the themes of [[Main/ArcWords war never changing]], this would likely level the US once more.
* The story proper of ''VideoGame/GranblueFantasy'' revolves around the heroes' quest to reach Estalucia, the Island of the Astrals, which involves having to find the piece of the Sky Map. However, the Sky Map search is put on hold halfway through the first arc after [[spoiler: the Black Knight is arrested]] and it becomes clear the Erste Empire can't be ignored. After the first arc ends, the Sky Map search continues.
* The ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' series appears on the surface to be a StealthBasedGame where you play as a badass who murders a lot of people with a fancy knife. Fair enough, but the series also contains a FramingStory that is largely omitted from the advertising: these ancient lives are being relived in the present day first by a man named Desmond Miles and then by a variety of anonymous characters, who are using a device called the Animus to access a VR simulation of GeneticMemory. This comes about as the culmination of a millennia-long SecretWar between the [[UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar Templars]] and [[UsefulNotes/TheHashshashin Assassins]] over the right to control humanity's future. The war is focused on a series of [[MacGuffin artifacts]] left behind by [[{{Precursors}} The Ones Who Came Before]], an ancient civilization that ''created'' humankind before dying in some kind of [[CosyCatastrophe catastrophe]]. Further, said civilization foresaw their doom and left behind messages embedded in these artifacts, as well as a special genetic legacy, all in an attempt to FlingALightIntoTheFuture. Some did so to prevent TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt from happening again, and [[GreaterScopeVillain one]] so to revive herself and conquer the future. All of human history is [[WrittenByTheWinners a carefully crafted lie]] designed to conceal this struggle, as is revealed in cryptic "Truth" puzzles throughout the games, and modern day cutscenes/playable sections has you view/play moments in the modern day part of the war.
* The relatively minor Morrigan/Flemeth plot in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' and ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', especially after Flemeth's cryptic remarks in the second game and Morrigan's SequelHook at the end of Witch Hunt, suggest that the entire saga of seemingly unrelated tales is being set up as a massive GambitRoulette war between the two.
** ''Videogame/DragonAgeInquisition'' and its DLC's made it even funnier by introducing [[spoiler: the conflict of Solas/Fen'Harel with Evanuris, false gods of elven pantheon (they actually were over-powered and AxCrazy elves), Flemeth being a vengeful shard of Mythal, and the mysterious species of Sha-Brytol who serve to even more mysterious species of Titans that might be the source of lirium.]] Geez.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Metroid Prime|Trilogy}}'' games follow a story arc centered around the mutageen known as [[ToxicPhlebotinum Phazon]]: The first game introduces Phazon in the dying world of Tallon IV and also showed the downfall of the Chozo civilization and the attempts of the SpacePirates to mine it; the second showed a planet locked in perpetual dimensional flux due to a Phazon meteor impact; the third had the SpacePirates launch an all-out war against TheFederation, an act which brought to light the source of all Phazon.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' games from ''Mountain of Faith'' to ''Hopeless Masquerade'' is informally dubbed "Kanako Saga", "Religion Arc", or more jokingly "[[MemeticMutation Moriya Shrine Conspiracy]] arc". The other games have mostly standalone plots, but the games in this arc are usually caused by something that happens in a previous game, with each game introducing a new religious faction in Gensokyo.
* In place for the ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' trilogy, about Soap's rise, adventures, [[spoiler: and death.]] The entirety of ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' will become this if there's the possible ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps Black Ops]]''-''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' crossover hinted at by intel at the end of ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps Black Ops]]''.
** With the advent of ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2 Black Ops 2]]'' this connection between Modern Warfare and Black Ops has been proven false. However the Black Ops series has its own Myth Arc comprising of ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyWorldAtWar World at War]]'', ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps Black Ops]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2 Black Ops 2]]'' with [[spoiler: Viktor Reznov's life and death]] being the single main entity connecting the 3 games.
* The ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series is essentially one big story arc concerning the Normandy's battles against the Reapers with a bunch of little subplots and side stories tossed in between, such as the quarian/geth war, Cerberus and their schemes, and the increasing bigotry amongst the various races of the universe.
* The ''Ben Jorden Paranormal Investigator'' series has one, though it's so well-hidden and integrated into the cases that you probably won't notice it at all until Case 7.
* ''[[VideoGame/BaldursGate Baldur's Gate]]'' revolves around the origins of the protagonist, and the entire nature versus nurture debate. It's revealed in the last instalment [[spoiler: Gorion grabbed the hero instead of Sarevok, despite the two children lying so close to each other]] implying Sarevok and [[FanNickname CharName]] are NotSoDifferent.
* Although the early ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' games featured fairly self-contained stories about members of the Belmont clan fighting Dracula, later a millennium-spanning myth arc about Dracula's various lives and deaths was gradually revealed. The arc covers how Dracula rose above mortality to become the vampiric Lord of Darkness in the middle ages and why the Belmonts are sworn to oppose him, how the Belmonts mysteriously vanished during the early 19th century and a roster of other heroes such as the witch Shanoa, and even the son of a character from the ''[[Literature/{{Dracula}} original novel]]'' battled Dracula instead, how the Belmonts triumphantly [[spoiler: returned in 1999 to destroy Dracula for good]], and how Dracula is [[spoiler: reincarnated as a boy who who uses the demonic power he was born with to battle others who wish to use it for evil like his past life did.]]
* The ''[[VideoGame/KisekiSeries Trails series]]'' are organized into arcs that each tell long, but fairly self contained stories grouped by the countries where they take place. Playing each game across the series however, reveals an even more in-depth plot about the overarching threat of [[AncientConspiracy Ouroboros]] attempting to claim the Sept-Terrion artifacts to enact their mysterious "Orpheus Final Plan". There's also a secondary arc concerning the social and technological changes sweeping across the Zemurian continent following the Orbal Revolution and the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky incident in Liberl]].

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* ''The Abominable Charles Christopher'' definitely has one, but it's very well hidden and the whole comic is a JigsawPuzzlePlot.
* ''Webcomic/AbstractGender'': Who experimented on Ryan and Brian and why? Unfortunately, the series ended before this question was answered.
* ''Webcomic/CestLaVie'' where one of the two original protagonists met her "true love" http://www.gocomics.com/cestlavie/2003/11/28 three days before http://www.gocomics.com/cestlavie/2003/11/25 and almost 8 years later, still has only had a few cups of espresso with him (other than trying to kill him with a teddy bear).
* ''Webcomic/{{Fatebound}}'' claims in its description to have a single myth centering on the wager between Herot and Ngv. This was introduced in the first story arc, and both characters have been seen acting to influence characters in the current, second arc.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius,'' starting with the [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20021111 fourth strip]] and continuing until today -- and likely quite some time into the future as well.
** ''Girl Genius'' started as a comic book series, so that "fourth strip" is ''actually'' the fourth ''page'' of the first ''issue''.
* Tons in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', the early strips are packed with many [[ChekhovsGun clues]] for later arcs. In a more specific sense, Lord Tedd and Tedd's backstory.
** Somewhat subverted in that the creator admits that he has thrown out much of the earlier foreshadowing as irrelevant to the ever-changing 'current' direction of the strip.
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' initially seemed to be a series of one-shot stories. However, by chapter 7 it had became apparent that continuity is in full effect and that prior chapters had far-reaching, unforeseen consequences. When asked how much of the comic he plans in advance, Tom Siddell has said he scripts the plot many months in advance, and he knows exactly how the comic will end... but how he'll get from the former to the latter is up in the air. One of the major ones is the shadowy history of the court and Jeanne in specific, the [[TragicMonster vicious and sorrowful]] spirit at the Annan waters; dealing with her and trying to help her has been the catalyst for numerous chapters.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has always been influenced by a single enemy, and by Act 6 Intermission 5, it's obvious the Myth Arc is dealing with this enemy, Lord English.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', started with [[RPGMechanicsVerse jokes about the]] ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' rules, but soon developped a quite complex myth arc.
** Xykon was revealed in strip 13, and as of 1041 shows no sign of being resolved any time soon.
* ''Webcomic/{{Shadownova}}''. Things are put in motion from the first page of the first chapter when a bad guy decides to bomb a school, leading to Iris's involvement in the human/everto war and subsequently the plot.
* It may take some time to notice, but ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' has a slowly building plot winding through most of its stories, All starting with Kevyn's invention of the teraport.
* It takes a while, but ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'''s Myth Arc begins with Oasis and the plans of Hereti-Corp. There are a lot of other smaller arcs in the series, but the Oasis/HC arc has been going on in both the background and foreground for more than a decade. Not only that, but other major arcs, including [[spoiler: K'Z'K and the Dimension of Pain]], are being vowen together with it; if they all become one Myth Arc, it will have been going on (at least retrospectively speaking) practically since the very beginning.

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* ''WebVideo/KateModern'', though whether they manage to resolve it before the show ends [[TheChrisCarterEffect remains to be seen]].
%%* WebAnimation/BrokenSaints
* Some would argue that this is where ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' has progressed towards, primarily involving Project Freelancer.
%%* Main series of ''Chaos Fighters''.
* ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'' is one big storyline involving Jay's attempts to figure out what happened to Alex, who the Operator is, and how the Masked Men and totheark are linked to him.
* The major myth arc of ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' focuses on the nature of parahuman powers and [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt an impending apocalypse]].
* ''WebVideo/BoardJames'' started out as a simple series of board game reviews, created by Creator/JamesRolfe as a counterpart for the ''Series/AngryVideoGameNerd'', but over time it developed a shocking complex myth arc. To sum up, [[spoiler: Board James is a murderer who was sentenced to death before the first episode. What at first appears to be him playing board games with his friends is actually him wandering through an afterlife which is shaped by his own subconscious. Although he can't remember his previous life, his murderous nature gradually asserts itself and he starts killing his "friends" over and over, sending them into deeper layers of the afterlife until they eventually develop enough self-awareness to realize they can fight back.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers'' was one of the first Western animated series to attempt this back in 1986, with an arching Myth Arc about the League's war with the Crown Empire, and several Story Arcs that tied into it, like the kidnapping of Zachary's wife, the botched Supertrooper project (with resulting fallout), and the League's attempt to get the aid of Tarkon.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' was at first revealed by WordOfGod that it takes place in a [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] SugarBowl, but as CerebusSyndrome started kicking in so did ContinuityCreep and now there are multiple [[ApocalypseHow episodes that directly relate to the apocalypse]] as well its effect on the characters; additionally cosmic forces have been hinted on, with the [[PhysicalGod Cosmic Owl]] [[ChekhovsGunman who has made appearances as early as season one]] and [[spoiler: has finally made his proper debut in the season five premiere.]] After the introduction of [[spoiler: TheMultiverse]] it is implied that the cosmic forces will appear again.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' has the saga of Roger's jewel encrusted golden turd, and how it passes from person to person, [[ArtifactOfDoom corrupting them]] with its power.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'': A recurring mystery throughout the series is the identity of Archer's biological father.
** The WillTheyOrWontThey dynamic between Archer and Lana has had quite a lot of focus and build up since the beginning.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': the Avatar mastering Water, Earth, and Fire, and saving the world.
* While ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' plays with separate story arcs and different villains, they are all interconnected by the consequences of the battles with the villains. Each story arc is also connected by Korra's journey in understanding what it means to be the avatar in a world that does not seem to want the avatar any longer. Finally, the overall arc is about Korra learning about how to be more human as well, balancing her life as both an avatar and human.
* The 2006 revival of ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'' had the main premise of Throttle, Vinnie, and Modo looking for Stoker so that they can use his invention the regenerator to end their planet's drought while fighting off against the Catatonians and Ronaldo Rump, who both want the regenerator for their own evil purposes. By the end of the series, the Catatonians and Ronaldo Rump are defeated for good, and aside from one final conflict between the Nomad Rats, the plan to use the regenerator to end Mars' drought goes off without a hitch, but at the presumed cost of the life of Vinnie's old girlfriend Harley, who wrongfully accused the Biker Mice of abandoning her before finally coming to her senses.
* ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'': Bojack's attempts at [[CareerResurrection reviving his career]] and becoming a better person.
* ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh'' supposedly had one involving the Secret Board of Shadowy Figures sending the clones off to high school in an attempt to breed a super intelligent clone army. Also Principal Scudworth planned on stealing the clones to create his dream project: Cloney island. Due to the series tragically being CutShort, little progress was made on either.
* Franz Hopper and the history behind Lyoko, X.A.N.A. and the supercomputer is the Myth Arc of Season 2 of ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko''.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' has the ongoing conflict between adults and kids.
* The point of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' -- according to the fans, anyway. Although it's [[ScrewedByTheNetwork hard to tell after season 2]].
* Disney's ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' has Doug and Skeeter occasionally visiting Lucky Duck Lake in an attempt to discover if a monster exists in there (a nod to the legendary Loch Ness Monster). The monster itself finally makes an appearance in TheMovie and plays an important role.
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales2017'' explores the circumstances that led to Scrooge and Donald becoming estranged and retiring from adventuring, as well as [[spoiler: how Donald's sister Della may have been involved]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' has three notable ones: [[TheHero Fry's]] role as the [[TheChosenOne savior of the universe]] and what that has to do with him winding up in the future, [[RomanceArc the relationship]] between [[WillTheyOrWontThey him and Leela]], and Leela trying to find out where she came from and whether or not her birth parents are still alive. Did I mention this is a [[{{Dramedy}} comedy]]?
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' had such an arc, though it didn't come to the forefront until season two.[[note]]Creator Alex Hirsch admitted that the first season was a bit of a test run to see how people would react to the show.[[/note]] The show's first season revolved around learning the secrets of the show before the second season narrowed in on the goal of uncovering the identity of the Author of the Journals and...well, [[spoiler:the series wrapped up with an apocalypse]] if you want to know how things escalated from there...
* ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries'' has one despite having only 1 season. Namely, it's about [[EnsembleDarkhorse Razer]] learning to be a better hero.
* ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures'' is a rare superhero cartoon example of where there's a set goal form the very first episode the heroes are trying to obtain, and all the following episodes develop towards that goal in one form or another.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' had the Cadmus arc, which involved quite a bit of ArcWelding from the second season episode "A Better World", as well as two episodes from ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', which had originally aired ''eight years prior''. The writers hadn't originally planned for it, but were able to make it work spectacularly well.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Ron's development with Mystical Monkey Power.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Season 3 takes the show's OncePerEpisode conceit of the Mane Six ponies, Twilight Sparkle in particular, learning lessons of friendship to Myth Arc level when it is revealed in the season 3 premiere that all of Twilight's lessons were designed to build her up as an alicorn princess of Equestria.
** Season 5 takes it even further, revealing that ThePowerOfFriendship is the root of all magic in Equestria, and turning Cheerilee's lecture on cutie marks in the Season 1 episode "Call of the Cutie" into LectureAsExposition for Season 5's StoryArc.
** Season 7 tells the various legends of the "Pillars of [Old] Equestria", the PrecursorHero group to the Elements of Harmony. It culminates in the series finale where the heroes investigate why they disappeared from Equestria.
* ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall'' revolves around Wirt and Gregory's attempts to get back home, while evading both [[BigBad The Beast]] and The Woodsman. There is also the DrivingQuestion of exactly what the Unknown ''is''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ninjago}}'' is a weird example. For the first two seasons, there is a clear overarching story, specifically, the Ninja's efforts to defeat [[BigBad Lord Garmadon]]. There is also the conflict with Lloyd and the various Snake armies, the emergence of [[UltimateEvil The Overlord]], and the prophecy that one of the Ninja will go on to become [[TheChosenOne The Green Ninja]], all of which tie into the aforementioned main plot. However, all of this is resolved by the end of Season 2, and each season since then has revolved around one specific threat that is dealt with by the season's end. That being said, the show still maintains a strong sense of continuity, with the events of each season having long-lasting consequences.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesOfDarkWater'' did this all the way back in the 80s, with the entire series focused on obtaining [[MineralMacGuffin the Thirteen Treasures of Rue]] to stop the titular Dark Water. Sadly, it was before its time and was canceled after only 8 of the 13 treasures had been found.
* ''WesternAnimation/RoswellConspiracies'' has one involving Nick's father's disappearance that has him constantly pursuing, but hints of a greater arc begin to show as the series progresses. [[spoiler: It eventually culminates with an AlienInvasion by a race known as the Shadoens, which requires the Aliiance and all the aliens on Earth to combat]].
* The main premise of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' is about the titular character searching for a way to go back to his proper time in the distant past and defeat [[BigBad Aku]] in order to undo the BadFuture the evil being has caused. The [[SamuraiJack/TropesSeason5 2017 revival]] also has its own Myth Arc where Jack has been stuck in the future [[TimeSkip for 50 years]] and has to get himself back to focusing on his goal to vanquish Aku.
* The mysteries and conspiracies surrounding the original Mystery Crew and the curse of Crystal Cove drives the entirety of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated''. It follows an episodic structure but each episode drives the main storyline forward in some way. Pretty impressive considering that this is only the second time any ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' story has had an actual StoryArc (the first being ''WesternAnimation/The13GhostsOfScoobyDoo'').
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretSaturdays'' develops a Myth Arc concerning the hunt for [[LivingMacguffin Kur]] and the battle against Argost. The first few seasons alternate between episodic adventures and episodes that furthered the main storyline but the final season largely abandoned this approach and almost all episodes in that season are used to [[WrapItUp tie up all the loose ends]] and set up the GrandFinale.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpartakusAndTheSunBeneathTheSea'' centered around the protagonists' search for a way to keep the titular Sun from dying and destroying the underground civilization of Arcadia. The show lasted only two seasons, and was ended when the heroes eventually discovered the truth behind the Sun and what was needed to save the people of Arcadia.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'': Halfway through season 1, [[GreaterScopeVillain Toffee]], is introduced, who ups the stakes, marking a more continuous storyline than previous episodes. Nearing the end of Season 1 and throughout most of season 2, the Mewman-Monster conflict is set up greatly, along with Ludo's journey in becoming a greater threat than ever before. The mysteries behind Star's wand and Ludo's wand are starting to unravel as well.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': As the show gradually progressed from seemingly isolated MonsterOfTheWeek adventures towards a interconnected storyline, such an arc was revealed. After the Crystal Gems' motives are called into question halfway through season 1, the series shifts from UrbanFantasy to ScienceFantasy as the presence of other Gems and their entire otherworldly nature can't be hidden from Steven any longer. Why are the Crystal Gems determined to isolate themselves from the Gem Homeworld? Who are these Gems returning to Earth and what is the nature of Homeworld society? What happened during the Gem War for our planet that led to these corrupted monsters? And most importantly for Steven himself, what kind of person was his mother, Rose Quartz? And how can he master her powers and live up to -- or surpass - her legacy?
* ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'' appeared to be this, having little bits of information revealed at a time in non-chronological order, which makes it rather irritating that the complicated plot they got going is being wrapped up hastily in four episodes, due to cancellation.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'' has several long-running story threads that last throughout the show's entire five-season run. Circumstances involving the Turtles' origins, the backstory of Splinter and Shredder, April's alien hybrid status and the Kraang's involvement with human history are important story elements the are frequently expanded upon, and because aliens, mysticism and even time travel exist in this universe there are many, ''many'' variables. Furthermore, the stakes grow larger and the layers of the universe are further expanded upon after every season of the show, starting in New York City and eventually going into space.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'': most episodes, especially in the first two seasons, feature the Autobots battling the MonsterOfTheWeek and learning AnAesop, but there's also the ongoing storyline of Megatron returning from his exile (and supposed death) and attempting to conquer Cybertron. Most of Megatron's plans involve the Allspark, an immensely powerful PlotDevice which drives the plot whenever Megatron isn't, and tied directly to the Allspark is the story arc of Sari Sumdac trying to unravel the secrets of her mysterious origins. There's also Optimus Prime and Sentinel Prime's rivalry, which unfolds in the present and through flashbacks across all three seasons.
* ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' has two: Firstly, there's Lord Hater's gradual character development from a GalacticConqueror into a more heroic figure, and then there's the efforts to stop Lord Dominator from destroying the galaxy.
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' has Bloom's origins and the search for her parents. In season 1 she learns she is the princess of the now dead planet Domino and has the mythical Dragon Flame, which is the source of her powers. It takes a backseat during season 2, where the she continues to study her past. It takes front stage during season 3, particularly in fighting [[BigBad Valtor]], who fought her parents during the fall of Domino and may know something about their fate. [[spoiler:In the first movie, ''[[TheMovie The Secret of the Lost Kingdom]]'', she manages to revive Domino and reunite with her birth parents. The second movie ''[[TheMovie Magical Adventure]]'', deals with her getting to know her parents while finishing off the Ancestral Witches who destroyed Domino in the first place.]] Afterwards, the myth arc is done and is not part of the plot aside from a few references in seasons 4 and beyond.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' has a running plot thread. It involves the Light: A collection of DC Supervillains with a goal to make Earth a galactic superpower. Season 1 was about finding a way to make earth noticed, while Season 2 was about undermining one of their "partners". As the show was CutShort, this thread was never fully resolved, though it did end with [[spoiler: over half the Light fleeing the planet, captured or dead, and the earth gaining prominence for defeating Mongul and the Reach.]]