The Tandy Arena is the spotlight of the [[RolePlayingGames role playing]] section of the [[http://community.910cmx.com 910CMX forums]], previously TheWotch forums. As is implied by the name, forum members create characters--referred to as Avatars, which can range anywhere from {{Badass Normal}}s to {{Physical God}}s--and duke it out in one-on-one (with the occasional two-on-two) [[PlayByPostGames play by post]] matches. A match starts off with a moderator's post of the battleground, followed by fifteen posts per combatant (for a total of typically thirty posts). Afterwards, the fight is closed by the mod, who then creates a voting thread, in which other members of the forum vote for who they think will win. In exhibition matches, leaving it at that is generally sufficient, but it is strongly encouraged (and in fact required for [[TournamentArc tournament]] matches) for voters to explain the reasoning behind their choices. After a week (as of the voting thread's creation), voting is closed and a winner is declared. The match thread is unlocked a final time for the winner to formally end the match.

The City of Tandy located in the mid-western United States and is also a multiversal nexus. People from across the multiverse find themselves drawn to the city of Tandy, and it is currently home to aliens, wizards, gods and super solders. Thankfully, the city is also home to one of the biggest {{Weirdness Censor}}s in existence.

While fights are a focus, there is also a general roleplay section and a section devoted to roleplaying in Tandy but out of the Arena, including Brawl Street, [[GeniusLoci the sentient city slums]] where most of Tandy's disorganized fighting occurs, and Downtown Tandy, home to Asagai Boulevard and numerous stores, where Avatars will meet, shop, and generally socialize.

There is also an IRC for the Arena on the sorcery.irc servers called #thewotch. While thewotch is rarely discussed, the name has stuck.

'''Note when adding examples:''' Try to limit this page to particularly noteworthy examples of specific tropes or prevalent general tropes.

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!!''The Tandy Arena'' provides examples of:
* ActionGirl: Half the cast is this. [[GenderBender And the half who isn't can easily be turned into this.]]
* AlternateContinuity: There is an IRC for 910CMX in general that functions like this where characters who may not know each other in the arena hang out.
* Altitis: Themuselessone has this spread over 2 accounts.
* AnythingThatMoves: Rette, to the point where she derailed a Tournament fight into a makeout session.
* [[AscendedFanboy Ascended Fangirl]]: Vikki Pertierra, to TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}, among other things.
* AuthorAvatar: Many, MANY characters fall under this, but few are as blatant about it as Über, who is literally his creator dumped into the Arena setting. Or course, it's hard to stay [[LifeEmbellished entirely]] realistic...
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Zemro Shivic, Director of the Arena, and powerful [[TimeMaster Time Mage]].
* AxCrazy[=/=]BloodKnight: Odds are, if there's not much of an ongoing story arc for an avatar, they're one of these. And [[SanitySlippage sometimes]] [[MotiveDecay even then]].
* BadAssCrew: Whenever a Team Tournament rolls around, these appear enmasse.
* BadAssCape: Lea's cloak is long, blue, with the symbol of her magical guild on the back. It is also quite thick and has blocked acid, knives and generally been awesome.
* BadAssFamily: Azalea, Toana and Rappy form one of these.
* BadassLongcoat: There are several characters who use longcoats in the Arena; what they have inside said coats weapon-wise is personal preference.
* BerserkButton: Archanon ''hates'' time travel.
** Rappy hates spirit-sister Azalea and adopted daughter Toana being threatened or endangered.
** Gaghskull hates ''[[AxeCrazy everything]]''...or nearly everything, at least.
*** Even Hula-Hoops?
** Roon does not react well to needless tampering or travel with or between dimensions.
* CaptainErsatz: Among others, there's [[TheFlash Speed Reader]], [[SpiderMan Webby Wonder]], and [[{{Halo}} Jullean]]
* CloningBlues: Notably deconstructed and then averted with Rette.
* CoolSword: The Nightmare king has Stormreaver. It's a gladius with necrotic lightning.
* ContinuityLockout: Want to know anything about these characters without having to read through five-plus years of writing of varying qualities and the [[CrypticBackgroundReference other bits of background]] that does't show up on the forums? [[ArchivePanic Good luck.]]
** Hmm, you want to read things from before the third tournament? [[MissingEpisode Sorry, there was a bit of a crash in the timeline...]]
** You could, of course, just ask for the cliffnotes version, which people are usually more than happy to give.
* CrowningMomentofAwesome : There are many of these, usually at the end of every fight in the form of the last attack, but a [=CMoA=] crossed with a [=CMoF=] is the Round 4 thread for the 2nd Team Tourney turning into rapping trash talk.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu? : Given the very broad range of powers, you get fights between people on the extreme ends of the [[SuperWeight Weight Scale]], and since the fights are decided by votes, it is not uncommon to see a RedShirt knock out a [[AGodAmI self-described god]]. For the smarter fighters this tends to be DidYouJustScamCthulhu.
* ElementalPowers: You'd be hard pressed to find a listed element that at least one avatar ''doesn't'' hold sway over; special mention, however, goes to Sir Tasnica and Daracaex, who mix and match elemental stones with their weapons and armor, as well as the SoulPower-focused story arc surrounding the former.
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: Not all fighters rely entirely on magic. One example is Caleb, who for some time was actually a ''BadassNormal'' before ascending to this.
* EthicalSlut: Rette Konn, noteworthy for flirting constantly with opponents and on two occasions actually going further, one such occasion winning her the fight.
* EvilTwin: Iris Hart to Azalea. The Knife to Roon.
* FantasyKitchenSink
* FinishingMove: The last two posts of every fight are these and they vary wildly depending on the person.
* FourthWallObserver: Author, who is actually capable of reading posts. Uber does the same.
* FunctionalMagic: Some characters use this.
* GenderBender: Being a branch of what was once TheWotch forums...
* GeniusLoci: The Street.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal / ImmortalLifeIsCheap: The Arena Medics can fix just about anything short of actual death, though occasionally a character will decide to keep their scars (or, in one case, decide not to have a limb restored, for tactical reasons). Those few fighters who can bring themselves back from even beyond the threshold the medics can't cross tend to have to do so a lot... in the non-canon IRC channel, this can reach TheyKilledKenny proportions.
* GravityMaster: Lea Plath's default style of magic is creating force from magic, including gravitational force, allowing her to make things lighter or heavier.
* InstantRunes: Varies depending on the character, though averted with [[PunnyName Roon]]. Rette Konn also averts this with [[GeometricMagic Sigils.]]
* InterestingSituationDuel: The fights can happen anywhere, and there is even a thread to suggest locations
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Everyone in the arena
* MagicAIsMagicA: Many characters but most notably Roon, which is then subverted when Rette applies some imagination and stretches the rules a bit.
* MetaGuy: Über and, to a lesser degree, his creation Iggie. It can get on people's nerves at times.
* MindRape: Vikki attacked by a demon in her sleep, Azalea trapped in her own mind, and [[IronWoobie Roon]] too many times to count.
* MoreDakka: Where to START. There's even an Ork present.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: Azalea, Dodge, Iris Hart, and Lea Plath, with a grand total of 18 arms between them.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Gaghskull Gaghlad Elf-Eater. Read it again. Gaghskull Gaghlad ''Elf-Eater''.
** The Nightmare King.
* {{Nanomachines}}: Pvt. Jet uses these as his main form of attack and defense.
* NoFourthWall: Author and Über both have this as defining characteristics, literally reading the events in the world as they happen.
* NoKillLikeOverkill: Also known as most avatars
* OlderThanTheyLook[=/=]ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: What with all the elves, demons, dragons, etc. running around, this is bound to show up.
* OneSteveLimit: Generally played straight, although there are at least three different characters named Iris.
* PowerCreepPowerSeep: As godmoding is against the rules, the more all-powerful avatars ([[ParanoiaFuel or those accused thereof]]) tend to hold back in matches (sometimes with little in-character justification). See DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu above.
* PowerGlows
* RainbowHair: One of Azalea's main tropes.
* RuleOfCool: A wrench wench fighting an evil overlord in a forest of mushrooms? An ork vs a 6 armed mage. Pretty much every fight runs on these.
* RunningGag: Lots of the oldbies have these. For example, mops, damning certain people and the Crucible.
* SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness: You have the characters that have serious plotlines all the time... and then you have examples like The Bearhead who has insane chats with his writer, and Elijah Sight (Knight of Absolute Nonsense) who fights with a ''[[ImprobableWeaponUser rubber chicken]]''. Even more {{egregious}} when characters rapidly switch between the two, such as Rette and Squiggy.
* TournamentArc: Initially, the Arena was nothing ''but'' tournaments.
* {{Troperiffic}}
* WrenchWench: Yutsuko
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Several avatars fall under this trope, notably Azalea, whose hair shifts from blue to purple to pink to red to orange to yellow to white, depending on how long she grows it out.
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