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The Golden Age was the time when TV Tropes The Webcomic was written entirely by the Original Author (out of respect for his contributions, he is never referred by namenote and neither are all following authors). All Golden Age events and characters are considered 100% canon in all corners of the fandom.
- The Original Arc is the longest arc so far that began the whole thing, written by the original author of the comic. Doesn't have an own title, and all attempts to give it one were crushed by the trekkies within the fandom. Introduced most of the main cast and detailed the epic struggle for World Domination between W.I.K.I. and its breakaway evil suborganization K.I.L.A.. Approximately half way in, it is revealed that K.I.L.A. is led by Dab Gib and his Quirky Miniboss Squad. After banishing Dab to Another Dimension, Report retires from W.I.K.I. and starts an independent career as an Occult Detective with Ere.
- External Links arc saw Report inadvertently landing in the Medieval Japan, where he meets an upstart Magical Girl Trope-tan and her Dark Magical Girl counterpart Wikipe-tan. In the end, the two girls learn to control time together and send Report back to his era. Voices in the fandom have pointed out similarities between this arc and the obscure Magical Girl Antropomorphic Trope-tan fanfic.
- Mirror Universe arc was about Report and Ere traveling to the Mirror Universe and confronting their Evil Counterparts, Ere D. Nay and Report Taht.
- Caribbean arc was a short Breather Episode after the grim previous arc that saw the entire regular cast on vacation on a remote Caribbean island, when Powers That Be suddenly decide to Gender Flip all of them. Hilarity Ensues.
- Metaplanetary arc starts at the end of the previous arc with a UFO crashing right into the beach-front hotel where the gang is staying. An attempt to continue the light and comedic tone of the previous arc, starting with the introduction of G'nignah Edahs P'mal.
- Blinded arc, starting around strip #300, was when Cerebus Syndrome hit the webcomic hard, possibly in response to the poor reception of the previous arc. This seems supported by the fact that G'nignah was killed off rather brutally approaching the climax. The arc primarily followed Ere, whose eyes are destroyed by an alien artifact, and her attempts to regain vision. It is generally agreed that the author intended the blindness to be permanent but an Internet Counterattack forced him to revert it by the end of the arc.
- The Great Crash arc was the penultimate arc written by the original author and saw Ecivres Naf turn evil (well, not really) and orchestrate The Great Crash. The arc was plagued by frequent Schedule Slips, Series Hiatuses, and gaping Plot Holes, so it made little sense to all but the most hardcore fans. To be fair, it did resolve the obscenely long Myth Arc concerning the identities Report's true parents (Bertrand Ayers and "Ms." Naf).
- "Ducky arc" was the last arc written by the original author before he handed the webcomic over to the A.U.T.H.O.R. and the guest authors, marking the end of the Golden Age. It was just a few strips short and reimagined the original arc with all characters... as ducks. The fandom is still pondering whether it meant something or the original author was just screwing with their heads.
The Silver Age followed the prolonged Series Hiatus after the Original Author's departure and was marked by two competing, mutually exclusive continuities: the first one was written by an author named Lex, better known as his own spotlight-stealing Author Avatar A.U.T.H.O.R.; and the second, by another author, credited only as "the guest author" but whose name was Sarevok. The guest author's involvement is said to be a result of the A.U.T.H.O.R.'s perceived bad writing, resulting in a major continuity schizm. The jury is still out on which continuity to consider canon, but the guest author's one seems to be more successful.
The A.U.T.H.O.R.'s continuityThe A.U.T.H.O.R.'s continuity was mainly focused on his own in-universe avatar, A.U.T.H.O.R., as he attempted to beat the Original Author at making the comic as awesome as possible.
- A.U.T.H.O.R. arc introduced the in-universe character of A.U.T.H.O.R. at the expense of Character Derailment of the rest of the established cast. This immediately put A.U.T.H.O.R. at odds with the fandom.
- Informational Breakdown arc by A.U.T.H.O.R. intentionally continued the Character Derailment to the extreme, turning all characters into twisted, deconstructed versions of themselves. In the premise, Trope-tan turns into an Omnicidal Maniac and travels to modern time, pursued by Anti-Hero-ish Wikipe-tan. /b/ comes into the forground in this arc and temporally kills off Dab Gib in the end.
- Beyond The Impossible arc is the recently ended A.U.T.H.O.R.'s Saving Throw in a last-ditch attempt to appease the fandom. It basically reimagines the original arc in an insanely epic style, pumping the HSQ Up to Eleven while staying true to its plot. One storyline deals with most of the main cast going though the events of the original arc, and the other, with A.U.T.H.O.R., Trope-Tan, Wikepe-tan, and Uncyclo-tan sorting out the mess A.U.T.H.O.R. made in the Informational Breakdown arc. With both leading up to a Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny, with every major and minor villain and hero duking it out for control of the Earth.
The guest author's continuityBy contast to the A.U.T.H.O.R., the guest author kept his arcs more personal, centered on the established Golden Age characters, mainly Report, Ere (admittedly his favorite character in the comic), and his OC Retrope.
- The Yay Agenda arc was a Film Noir-styled Conspiracy Thriller written by a guest author. It saw Report teaming up with the newly introduced Retrope R. Dipertni and The Mafia to uncover an Ancient Conspiracy of the "Knights Who Say Yay". Also notable for resolving the Myth Arc regarding Ere's artificial eyes.
- Family Matters arc by a guest author returns to the topic of Report's Big, Screwed-Up Family. After narrowly surviving a trap set up by the Guardian of the Multiverse, Report learns from Mr. Ayers that he has two half-brothers in parallel universes and that all of them currently occupy the top three spots on the Powers That Be's death list for their mother's involvement with The Great Crash.
- Heävy Mëta arc is probably intended as another Breather Episode after the previous plot-heavy arcs. Report is hired by W.I.K.I. to cheer up Yug Gib, who has been depressive after the failure of the rock band he attempted to start, "Yug And His Tropers". With the big Rock In Space concert looming in a week, Report throws together a crazy plan. But will the Tröper Crüe make it in time?..
The current, Bronze Age began after a new author named Tsidalb picked up the comic after a prolonged hiatus. The new author merged the two Silver Age continuities back together and went on from there. This Age is marked by frequent Shout Outs to video gaming, mini-arcs, and the introduction of a new protagonist, Gabriel Eht Eca-Regnilsnug. While it has more individual arcs than the previous ages combined, most of them are shorter than story arcs of the past (though there are some exceptions).
- S.T.F.U. sees Report and Ere scouted for W.I.K.I.'s S.T.F.U. (Special Task Force Unit) to deal with F.O.R.U.M. (Federation Of Really Ugly Malcontents), who were seeking to take over the world through the Gonk Army. Attempted to further develop Report and Ere's on-screen relationship, but the explosions got in the way.
- Chrono Troper sees Report mysteriously disappearing from the face of the earth, causing a series of events reminiscent of Chrono Trigger, but without the time travel. Derails almost every named character almost to the point of Informational Breakdown, and ends somewhat darkly, with the rest of the cast either missing, seemingly dead, or absorbed by Aelf Ecaps Tnaig—and the rest of creation destroyed. Marked the first arc of a joint four-arc project between A.U.T.H.O.R. and the original creator.
- Radical Tropers a short-lived arc paralleling Chrono Troper, through Report's eyes as he watches them from the sidelines. It notably derails Report into a somewhat fatalistic emo. The entire comic stopped updating following the end of the arc. Actually a thinly-veiled attempt to fool the readers into believing the comic went for a Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies ending as a result of Executive Meddling.
- Shin Megami Tro-Pay has Report attempting to sort out the events of the previous two arcs with The Powers That Be. When he fails to convince the gods to fix things, Report launches into a Foe-Tossing Rage Against the Heavens-style Battleship Raid that ends with Report facing his own great-grandfather, Daed Ersoh Eport, who was responsible for destroying the universe because he believed that it was flawed. At the end, Report manages to convince Ersoh that the "flawed" universe was actually a good one due to its imperfections, and to give him a chance to fix things. As a part of the planned joke on the readers, the entire arc was completely made before it was posted, with each page fitted to fit the original update schedule.
- Chrono Troper: Cross is a rehashing of the events of Chrono Troper, with Report slowly working his way back into existence. The end sees him joining to fight Aelf with his friends, as well as a rare team-up with Dab, and succeeding in defeating it. However, Aelf's self-destruction fail-safe activated, and Report made a Heroic Sacrifice to prevent the erasure of his universe, leaving behind his gun as a memento.
- The Replacement mini-arc sees S.T.F.U. issuing Chivalrous Lech Gabriel "Gabe" Eht Eca-Regnilsnug as Ere's new partner and Report's replacement. Mainly deals with Gabe attempting to fill the gap that his precursor left and attempting to woo every woman in sight.
- The Butler's Out of Town: Ere and Gabe investigate the death of Macrosoft founder William Steven Gobs. Initially set up like a standard murder mystery, the arc quickly dissolves into frantic finger-pointing at everybody by everybody, including the still-dead not really Report. Unable to think of a way to actually wrap-up the arc, A.U.T.H.O.R. brings Gobs back to life and killed him again to say he did.
- Against Fate: A time-traveler suddenly materializes in the S.T.F.U. break room, and launches into hysterics when he sees Gabe. Everyone is shocked to learn that in the future the time-traveler came from knows, Gabe was a tyrannical dictator named Overlord, who took over the planet and turned everything into a dystopian apocalypse. In response to this, Ere, Yug, and Bertrand travel twenty years into the future to confront Future!Gabe, who proceeded to wipe the floor with them. Present!Gabe then shows up and commenced an epic duel with Future!Gabe, who explained afterward that Overlord was really the time-traveler from before. Future!Gabe held off Overlord while Present!Gabe sends the others to the point when Overlord was about to travel back in time. The arc ended with about twelve pages of nothing but acid-trip-level colors, ending with a retcon that caused Overlord to explode the moment he appeared. To complete the retcon, A.U.T.H.O.R. replaced the entire arc on the site with the one exploding-Overlord page (though the arc itself can still be viewed via the archives).
- A Cribber Kinging Tromp: The entire main cast (bar Report) find themselves in a odd universe set up by A.U.T.H.O.R., in which they are forced to play a strange Suguroku-like game, with the stipulation that the winner gets one wish granted. Unfortunately, A.U.T.H.O.R. had next to no knowledge of his own game, and things quickly deteriorated into a game of Strippe Dodge-Balle.
- Hexact Prent: A wistful little mini-arc in which all of the cast members imagine what they would have said to Report had they known he were going to die. Interestingly, Ere's thoughts are censored (as in, by a giant black rectangle with the word "CENSORED" on it), Gabe, who didn't know Report, imagined him as Missing No. from Pokemon Red, and A.U.T.H.O.R., rather than having one, went on what he called "A Cribber Kinging Tromp" while singing the words "Hexact Prent".
- Report: Ere and Gabe are tasked by S.T.F.U. to deal with a mysterious criminal of great power. Ere is shocked to learn that the criminal looks exactly like Report, and can't bring herself to hunt him. Near the end of the arc, we find out that the criminal "Viel" is Report, who had absorbed the negative energy released by Aelf when it exploded, turning him evil. After a big "I Know You Are in There Somewhere" Fight and a Battle in the Center of the Mind, Report is back to normal, and Ere nearly breaks character due to emotion. The arc also reveals that Gabe knew Report in the past.
- Scapegoat: Report is back to normal, but he and Ere are arrested and incarcerated by S.T.F.U. for supposed treason. Apparently betrayed by Gabe, Report and Ere find out that W.I.K.I. has no Special Forces, and S.T.F.U. is actually working for /b/. Gabe reveals to Report and Ere that he was a double-agent hired by W.I.K.I. to infiltrate S.T.F.U., and promptly broke the two out of holding. Marks the first appearance of Report's Katana, Wit.
- Reminiscing: Report and Gabe reminisce about their friendship ten years ago. We learn that Gabe was the one who convinced Report to take up gunmanship, and that he already knew about Report's parents, though he didn't tell him.
- Cupid's Right Hand: Gabe catches on to the nature of Report and Ere's relationship, and attempts to forcibly develop it even further. The entire arc takes place on a rather fancy ocean liner, and ends when pirates crash the party, putting Report and Ere's "date" on hold.
- Creator: Revolves around Trope-tan trying to find her creator, Lierwaf.
- This Arc Provides Examples Of...: Gabe revs his genre-savviness to full throttle, and takes the cast on a tour through an example of every trope the comic possessed to date (as well as Ludicrous Gibs, but that was less chunky-salsa, more-Incredibly Lame Pun).
- T3h L33t W4rz: Report Siht, Bertrand Ayers, Ere D. Nust, and Gabe Regnilsnug are transported to Super-Dimensional Battlefield 1337, to take part in The L33t Warz: A multi-dimensional fighting tournament hosted by the illustrious XD. The arc sees Ayers forfeiting his fight against Report, the first appearance of Report's Superpowered Evil Side Viel, Ere wielding a scythe while wearing next to nothing, and how Gabe "fights" a girl. The end has Report winning in the most anti-climactic finals round ever conceived.
- Song For You was written by the Silver Age guest author. Report and Gabe are hired/assigned to bodyguard a popular singer, Regnis Lodi, on her current tour, but before long, Gabe finds himself harboring very unprofessional feelings towards his charge.
- Troublesome Heirloom takes place simultaneously with Song For You. With Report away on business, Ere and Retrope decide to hang out and suddenly find themselves under an attack from The Mafia. Afterwards, Ere takes Retrope to meet her parents.
- Tales of Fantasy Quest picks up right at the end of Troublesome Heirloom, in which Ere and Retrope are sucked into a world full of RPG mechanics and cliches, with Report and Gabe following suit when they go to look for them. This is the first completely original video game-inspired arc created by Tsidalb (the previous ones were written by the original author and A.U.T.H.O.R. in joint).
- TV Tropes the Webcomic: The Movie: What initially started as an experiment by Tsidalb quickly turns into a complete retelling of The Golden Age in movie form, digitally remastered and available in the art styles of all three main authors. The movie gained exceptional reviews and won seven Grammys in between the night it was posted and the next morning.
- Left 4 Gabe: Gabe eats some bad sushi which renders him comatose and causes his Lightning powers to go haywire, accidentally trapping the main cast in a zombie-apocalyse pastiche (but replace "zombie-virus" with "virus-that-turns-men-into-horny-Gabes-and-turns-women-into-less-clothed-versions-of-themselves"). One by one, the cast fell, and the would have all been killed if not for the timely intervention of Gabe's older sister, Eeno.
- On The Topic of Family...: not only has Gabe's sister shown up, but also his father and one of his brothers as well. When an old enemy of his mother escapes resurfaces, it is up to Gabe to stop him, which he does, nearly dying in the process. Marks the appearance of Gabe's still-unnamed father, and the introductions of sister Eeno and brother Axel.
- A Semblance of Normalty: With the resident hedonist in traction from third-degree burns, the comic is deprived of its most contrived method of causing insane sh*t to happen. Compared to Tsidalb's previous arcs, Semblance of Normalty is considerably low-key and less chaotic, focusing more on the day-to-day lives and interactions of the main cast.
- Report vs. Axel: Axel is aware of Report's status as "Teh 1337 Ch4mp10n", and wishes to test his might against Report's; to his chagrin, however, Report found excuse after excuse to put it off. Fed up with things, Axel challenged Report to a duel over Ere, much to the latter's confusion, and Report agreed, even more to the latter's confusion. While played up to be the biggest and most awesome fight in history, The Powers That Be decided that a fight between a depowered Marty Stu and someone with Contractual Protagonist Immunity would destroy the galaxy, and sealed the two in a pocket dimension where they fought offscreen.
- Vacation Week: A series of strips from assorted guest authors detailing the cast (sans Gabe) on vacation in the South Carribean, while the author was on his own vacation. While it was originally meant to last a week (hence the name), it wound up being a month long after Tsidalb got lost in the mountains. The author states that the arc is meant to be canon, but only take place in the space of a week, meaning some of the pages make less sense than usual.
- News To Make A Dragon Jump: Regnis Lodi has caught wind of Gabe's condition, and put off work to visit him in the hospital, much to the surprise of, well, everyone. It is implied here that Gabe was already a big fan of Regnis prior to her marriage, and at the end Axel explains why Gabe was so horribly burned.
- Old Demons: A month after News to Make a Dragon Jump, Gabe has finally recovered, and is ready to make up for lost time when a shadow of his past rears its ugly head: G.A.V.I.N (Gabe, Adonis, Vince, Icarus, and Ned), though now it's just A.V.I.N. 'cause Gabe left. A.V.I.N. wants Gabe to rejoin the group, but he wants nothing to do with them, and makes his point as such. Not appearing perturbed in the slightest, Adonis leaves Gabe with a cryptic warning before disappearing.
- G-Corporation: When A.V.I.N. destroys the apartment complex where Report and Ere live, Gabe offers to put them up at his "house" while they look for a new place to live. Thing is, Gabe owns G-Corp, which produces a fourth of the world's technology, and is freaking rich. Gabe gives the two a guided tour of the illustrious conglomerate, and much to Ere's annoyance, Axel is there. Notably marks the return of Trope-tan and Wikipe-tan, who work in R&D.
- The New Regnis arc follows Regnis Lodi on her concert tour as she travels from city to city, performing. Notably happier now that she's in a relationship with Gabe, Regnis's songs are much more upbeat, as is the arc until she has a run-in with Vince and Ned of A.V.I.N. at the last concert, who warn her that her being involved with Gabe would land her in trouble. Gabe shows up to show Regnis his support, and V and N flee, leaving their cryptic message to a very confused Regnis.
- G.A.V.I.N.: After Regnis expresses her concerns to Report and Ere, the three confront Gabe to get him to share about his past in G.A.V.I.N.. Regnis mistakes Gabe's wanting to keep her out of things for wanting to break up, and storms off, and winds up getting captured by A.V.I.N.
- Gabriel: God of Lightning: With Adonis planning to use Regnis as a bargaining tool to coerce him into rejoining A.V.I.N., Gabe devises an elaborate plan to both rescue her and get rid of A.V.I.N. permanently. Marks the appearance of Gabe's "God of Lightning" form, as well as the Durandal. At the end Gabe and Regnis passionately kiss and make up.
- I Can Be An Ass, Too: the author selected thirteen guest authors to each pose an all-new character in a guest strip, and had the audience vote on who they wanted to become a new main character, adding Axel in for good measure. Axel wound up winning with a bit of newfound Ensemble Darkhorse status, much to his annoyance. The title comes from a side strip in which Axel argues with the Voice From Above about how he doesn't want to be a main character in a comic that "has a pansy for an author who doesn't have fun at his characters' expense".
- Hack.Trope.Net//: Report and Ere now live in Gabe's G-Housing, since their apartment complex was destroyed. In lieu of payment, Gabe has the two test some of his new inventions, one of which is the "CYB-4R L4Z1-1UR": a laser that converts people into data and into cyberspace. The test is successful, but Gabe realizes that he forgot to create a way to reverse the laser's effects. While he races against the clock to reverse his invention, Report and Ere are stuck in cyber-world, armed only with their wits and knowledge of programming language. And that's before the viruses show up...
- TV Tropes The Webcomic: The Movie 2: Beyond Impossible: While in a creative slump, Tsidalb decides to do a second "experiment"—this time, seeing how much marijuana it would take before he came up with a new arc. The result was a movie-version of the Beyond the Impossible arc, once again available in all three artistic styles.
- TV Tropes in SPACE: Only now realizing that they have an intergalactic space cruiser, the cast decides to go on a tour of the great star ocean, meeting new cultures (in SPACE), discovering lost civilizations (in SPACE), and getting caught up in inter-galactic conflicts (in SPACE).
- Tales of Epic Fantasy Quest: Report finds an old copy of "Epic Fantasy Quest" at a garage sale, for ten bucks. When he tries to play it, however, the characters are missing. Not wanting this chance to slip by, Report solicits the help of Ere, Retrope, Gabe, Axel, and Wikipe-tan to become the new main characters through the use of Gabe's recently repaired "CYB-4R L 4 Z 1-1UR". Much hilarity ensues. Tsidalb shortly released a game version of the arc, with a complete storyline and extra DLC.
- You Fail Theologistic Meta-Dimensional Physics Forever: A four-part collection of stories in which the cast must deal with several situations involving the failure of actual intelligence. Though all of the pages were drawn by Tsidalb, three of the arcs were guest-author written.
- Angel-like Beings and Creatures reminiscent of Demons: A normal day proves to be anything but when a portal to the Hell Dimension (not Hell; the Hell-Dimension) opens somewhere in New Trope City, from which thousands of creatures, all of them reminiscent of demons, spew forth. Two miles above that opens a second portal, this one from the Heaven-Dimension (once again, not Heaven), from which an army of angel-like beings rally to combat the forces of the Hell-Dimension. As the inter-dimensional battle threatens to bring about the destruction of the planet, Report, Ere, Yug, Axel, and Gabe race to stop the fighting before it's too late.
- Left 4 Gabe 2: Gabe's attempt to create a weather-manipulating device results in a massive Lightning storm, raising up legions of shambling, posthumous monstrosities all in a single-minded search for the personal property of living beings. While this seems like a standard zombie uprising, these aren't standard zombies—they're Gabe-zombies, patterned after his most prominent behavioral quirk—promiscuity. As the world threatens being overrun by sex-crazed revenants, it's up to a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits (but not really ragtag) to save humanity from statutory rape. As this arc kills off a number of prominent cast members, the author relegated this to Canon Discontinuity to avoid backlash.
- Super Magical Moe Ere-Chan: A story taking place in the Trope Gakuen world, Ere D. Nust finds a talking, chain-smoking, miniature blue alligator that gives her a magic cigarette lighter, transforming her into Super Magical Moe Ere-Chan to fight for love, justice, and all things heat-related. Very obviously designed to pander to the fetishes, this arc features magnanimous amounts of blatant Fanservice (among other things), and explores every single Magical Girl trope possible. Marks the first appearance of Tsadilb in the comic itself (by way of Demonic Possession), and at the end he can be seen (as Axel) picking up Ere's lighter and placing it into a box.
- Stoolcow Browned: A story set in the Lil' Tropers universe, Report decides he wants to be a detective 'cause he read a bunch of "detective" stories, and manages to enlist the help of Ere, Axel, and Gabe. What starts as a lighthearted venture turns dark as the four uncover something sinister, which may get them into more trouble than they have ever been in. Marked the launch of the Lil' Tropers side-comic.
- The War of December Twenty-Third: With the holidays fast approaching, the cast realizes they have forgotten to do most of their holiday shopping (what with all of the hijinks that crop up every Wednesday). Not wanting to fall into the last-minute rush with the insane procrastinators on Christmas Eve, they decide to go on December 23rd—the last-minute rush of the sane procrastinators. What ensues was called the biggest and bloodiest shopping-related debacle of the decade. The Illuminati make a cameo appearance (the 23rd of December is traditionally Their exclusive shopping day).
- A Simple Gift: Taking a break from the gauntlet of cliche'd action and over-the-top parodies they've run since the start of the Bronze Age, the cast finally sits down and has a regular Christmas; Axel, Gabe, and Ere return to their respective homes and Yug goes off to find Dab (unsuccessfully), while the rest remain in New Trope City.
- The Tröper Crüe Saves Santa: During the madness that was December 23rd, the workshop of renowned holiday icon Santa Claus suffered a violent takeover, with the big man himself being held hostage. In response, Santa's elves enlisted the aid of the Tröper Crüe (and Gabe) to help free their beloved employer.
- Giga-Nippon: A three-part arc featuring Ere D. Nust and Retrope R. Dipertni spending time in Giga-Nippon after being forced to flee the States. Introduces several new characters, as well as revealing a secret about Axel.
- Giga-Nippon: After being framed as public enemies, Ere D. Nust and Retrope R. Dipertni are forced to flee to Giga-Nippon (specifically, Tokyo) while Report, Yug, and Gabe stay behind to try and track down the real culprits. Deciding to make the most of it, the ladies treat it as a much-needed vacation, and spend their time sightseeing and shopping.
- The Giga-Nippon Fireball: Two weeks later, the trip quickly turns sour when Ere accidentally burns (literally) several Yakuza who were giving her a hard time, causing trouble with the Japanese Mafia. Meanwhile, back in the states, Report, Yug, and Gabe have tracked down the real public enemies who were posing as Ere and Retrope; while Report deals with the legal stuff, Yug and Gabe try to figure out how to contact their friends.
- Azelouse Dislikes Giant Robots: Ere and Retrope get captured by the Yakuza, and wind up in their base. About to be executed, they are rescued by a girl piloting a giant robot. The victory is short-lived, as it is quickly revealed that the Yakuza also have giant robots—that are destroyed thanks to the timely intervention of Axel. With their names finally cleared, Ere and Retrope bid farewell to their new friends and return home.
- TV Tropes News at 5: A short gag-arc set up like a news broadcast, shoving the members of the main cast into the various roles. Tsadilb later released an animated version with a few extra scenes.
- Hardy and Sherry: A rare peace in New Trope City is shattered when a pair of superpowered troublemakers, Hardy and Sherry, begin on a wanton spree of destruction. When confronted by Report and Ere, the two reveal themselves as a Marty Stu and Mary Sue respectively and proceed to drive Report and Ere into a corner—only to be suddenly defeated by strange powers emerging from the latter two.
- M.S.P.A.IN.T.: Developing suspicions after the previous arc, Gabe decided to administer a special "test" to Ere and Report—then immediately contacts an organization called M.S.P.A.IN.T. (Marty Stu Protection And INtelligence Team). When questioned, he reveals that Report and Ere are displaying advanced symptoms common of Mary Sues and Marty Stu's, and that he is contractually obligated to report such cases to the appropriate agency immediately upon confirmation, as a Mary Sue who can't control their powers can easily destroy a galaxy inadvertently. This arc consists of heavy exposition on the true nature of Mary Sues and Marty Stus, and reads more like a book with pictures than a comic.
- Teacher: In order to help Report and Ere learn to control their Marty Stu powers, M.S.P.A.IN.T. issues them a teacher—who happens to be the third Eht-Eca brother, Brynn. Saw the insertion of another budding new main character, Bisho Mitahora, but the author was so disgusted with her that he quickly killed her off.
- Demon Behind a Smiling Devil: As Ere and Report's Mary Sue-training under Brynn begins, Axel and Gabe harken back to their own Mary Sue-training under their mother, somewhat wistfully. Meanwhile, Brynn proves that however nice a person is, it doesn't determine how giving they are.
- Ainaveltsac: Taking a much-needed break from Mary-Sue training, Report, Ere, Yug, Retrope, and Gabe visit rural Romania—specifically, the castle of Tnuoc Alucard. While the castle is normal at first, things change when a portal opens underneath their feet, transporting them to an alternate version of the castle—one filled with goblins and zombies and vampires 'n' stuff. Oh yeah, there's also one that's upside-down, one with a different color scheme, and one that changes every two hours. Marked the comics only foray into Sprite territory.
- Kilometer 12.87: When asked about his love for music, Yug Gib recounts a story from his childhood—specifically, when he met his source of inspiration: Loquacious Z.
- Survivor: TV Tropes: As part of their "training", Report and Ere are dumped on an uninhabited island with few supplies, expected to last 30 days in the wild. However, it turns out that this island isn't so uninhabited after all...or much of an "island".
- Worst Case Scenario: A nuclear terrorist attack wipes out the W.I.K.I. HQ, taking the entire high command with it. As the most senior agents still alive, Report and Ere are drafted as temporary commanders of the organization to prevent global chaos. Then Regnis dies.
- Fourth Wall Mail Slot: Tsidalb, whilst in-between arcs, decides to take time to answer a number of reader-submitted questions, with the help of Sarevok and Status-ko. Marks Tsidalb and Sarevok's first actual in-comic appearances.
- Adaptation Decay: During his down-time during Worst-Case Scenario, Tsidalb took the Golden Age and animated it, releasing it in the form of 24 half-hour "episodes". The "anime" only barely held to the source material, and managed to push the Character Derailment nearly to the point of A.U.T.H.O.R. and Information Breakdown. At the end the author reveals that the above is the reason he won't turn the webcomic into a fully-animated series.
- TVTropes The Webcomic Liveblogs EO 3: When Gabe develops a laptop capable of emulating every single console ever created, he, Report, Ere, and Axel are sucked into the world of Etrian Odyssey 3. This arc functions as a combination of a new arc and a Liveblog Let's Play of Etrian Odyssey 3. Can be found here.
- Hostage Situation: The First Bank of New Trope is the only commercial bank in New Trope City, and one of the largest in the Eagle States. It's also built like a fortress, and no attempts to rob it in history have been successful, because the would-be robbers' equipment isn't up to par. Things would change, however, if the robbers come from an alternate dimension, with their numbers amounting to an army; should this happen, they could theoretically clean out the whole bank, and take all 1,947 employees and 10,000 other civilians hostage. Which they did. However, a possible ray of hope shines amidst all this: Yug, Retrope, and Brynn are among the "hostages", and they're itching to bust out...
- Time Travels of Catgirls. Written by a guest author and introduced his namesake Cat Boy Author Avatar Yadayerf.
The Age that occurred after the Bronze Age. This age has been brought about by a new author He lacks a name. It includes a long story that expands several arcs. This age is known for its many, many, over-the-top action sequences and very blatant fanservice. It treats all previous arcs as established canon. It is currently in the making.
- Rose of the Starry Night. Five months after the Cat people are defeated and have their powers revoked, the Trope Crew (Report, Ere, Yug, and Retrope) begin training for the upcoming Captain Promotion Exam for the newly recreated W.I.K.I. They spend their time training on Wikawaii, a supposedly hidden island only known by W.I.K.I. As they train, "the Great Pirate Lord" Cross Reeteksum appears with the "Etarip Hero Brigade Pirates", and proceeds to cause havoc on the island. The arc is mainly about their trials in defeating him, and stopping the "Numero Warlords" from reviving the ancient En 0. The arc ends with a massive battle royal against Cross on the Troplantic Sea.
- H.A.X.. Despite their best efforts, Owt is able to revive En 0, however, only at a weakened state. Even though the Troper Crew is willing to fight En 0, they are soon encountered by two members of R.E.T.C.O.N (Ridiculously Empowerd Tropers Containing Overpowered Null-forces) an organization of powerful soldiers who've been watching the Trope Crew since their fight with Dab. R.E.T.C.O.N does not trust W.I.K.I., and after blaming the Trope Crew on En 0's resurrection, they immediately incarcerate them. This forces Ecivres and Bertrand (the only two members to not be captured), and the entirety of W.I.K.I to find a way to get them out and stop Owt and En 0.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands. While En 0 is recovering, the Trope Crew is stuck in R.E.T.C.O.N's base of operations (a giant floating fortress, mind you) and are unable to do anything. However, W.I.K.I's newest upstart, Wen Tolp Srewop, teams up with Betrand and Ecivres, in order to free the Trope Crew. This arc introduces the concept of the "Retcon", a genetic modification made to turn non-naturally born tropers into tropers with immense powers. While the trio of Betrand, Ecivres, and Wen manage to break the Trope Crew out of R.E.T.C.O.N's base, the organization still lives, and Wen dies in the process after revealing his nature as a Retcon.
- E.N.D.. In the wake of Wen's death, R.E.T.C.O.N now declares complete war with W.I.K.I. During this time, Owt and En 0 reveal their true intentions: utilizing the ancient E.N.D device, which can only be activated through great blood shed, to bring forth the true leader of the Numero Warlords: OREZ.
- Calm Before the Storm. While W.I.K.I prepares for war, the Trope Crew go and relax until the great battles. Yug remembers his past, Report and Ere go to an onsen, Ecivres an Bertrand go on a honeymoon, Retrope visits her father's grave, and Gabe hangs with his family. Eventually though, they all go back to training in order to get stronger.
- Dark Side of the Moon. The war with R.E.T.C.O.N begins. During this time, the Numero Warlords use the great bloodshed and attempt to utilize E.N.D. for OREZ's summoning. Introduces many new characters, and kills off many other characters. During this arc, Report meets his new rival: Teller I. Lover.
- Westward Campaign. The greatest portion of the war. This campaign resulted in the deaths of hundreds of R.E.T.C.O.N and W.I.K.I soldiers. It also goes deeper into the origin of OREZ and the "Retcon".
- OREZ. The many casualties over the war have managed to allow OREZ's summoning. OREZ plans on annihilating all tropers in the world, which leads to the remnants of R.E.T.C.O.N and W.I.K.I teaming up. Dab Gib himself returns, as well as Trope-tan, to fight in this battle of world-changing proportions.
- Revenge of the Siht. OREZ unleashes their power on the world and kills off 95% of it's troper population, reducing many parts of the world to a barren wasteland. The remaining resisting forces, having failed their mission, go into hiding. 6 months later, Report awakens from stasis after being pulled from the front lines by an unknown group mere moments before OREZ unleashed their power. Horrified at what the world has become, he sets out to reunite the surviving members of the Troper Crew and stand off against OREZ once more. Noted for being the conclusion of the 'OREZ' saga of story arcs,
The Dark Age
The Age that occurred after the Steel Age. This Age was been brought around by Summer, who planned to have a long series of arcs, though when it came down to it, it essentially came out as one incredibly long one (see below). It's known for being Darker and Edgier than the other ages (hence its name) and for having some of the most Badass characters in the webcomic. Some people have criticized it for having the villains be more interesting than the heroes, but overall, many fans consider it to be the best age of the webcomic.
- The Amaterasu Arc. The world is at peace, but now, a new threat looms over W.I.K.I. Two new threats, in fact - a psychotic Psychic called Quari, and the mysterious warrior Amaterasu. W.I.K.I. is desperately trying to combat these threats, but it's going very poorly due to Amaterasu being a Badass that can defeat anyone W.I.K.I. throws at her. Not to mention the mysterious White Magician Girl Aries, the love triangle between Darryl, Kitsune, and Avery, and the connections between Amaterasu and Cheerful Child Yui. The arc is notable for shifting focus from Report, Ere, and Retrope, and Amaterasu's victory.
- The Dark Arc. After strange reports of demon gods and eldritches in a haunted region far from New Trope City. W.I.K.I sent out three specialized agents in the dark arts, Trix (a vampire slayer), Trey Dor (A ghost hunter), and Pix (A God hunter). The elritch region comes out full of surprises and challenges for our heroes and even casting some trauma inducing incidents that leave them questioning reality. In the second act, it's revealed that Trey Dor is actually conspiring against the team and planning on unleashing Uhluhtc, the demon overlord of the eldritch realm, unfortunately, Pix has fallen out of reality and struggling with maintaining himself only to develop a god complex. An investigation that only leads to disaster and with Everything Trying to Kill You makes it worse for the team.
The Dork Age was christened the "Diamond Age" by Noah, its author, but fans call it the Dork Age because the webcomic was just awful during this time. It was so bad, in fact, that Summer, the previous author, came back just so that her Author Avatar could push the Reset Button. It is infamous for severe Character Derailment, a Gary Stu called Noah who saves Ere from her Domestic Abuse at the hands of Report, demonizing multiple characters for the purpose of shipping, and much, much more. It's basically a Fix Fic, only the writer is now God. Ten supposed arcs were written for the Dork Age before Noah left the comic and Summer briefly returned ahead of the Jade Age to fix things (in-universe, the twisted goings on are considered the work of a self-centered reality warper). Here are those arcs, which can be roughly condensed down into two actual structural arcs.
- True Love. Set shortly after the events of Fourth Dimension (the final part of the Amaterasu saga, in which Prime!Gabe and Fourth!Regnis got married, and Report became the new leader of W.I.K.I.). Noah decided that, for the latter event, a Happy Ending Override was in order, and so had Report turn W.I.K.I. into a Nightmarish Factory where every worker was mistreated and miserable. Ere, formerly an Action Girl, was Chickified into a weepy Damsel in Distress and the target of Domestic Abuse. Enter Noah Smith, a Gary Stu who derailed practically every character and made them all incapable of doing anything without his help, was just "the coolest thing ever", and at the end, killed Report off in a very gruesome way.
- Across the Sea. After Noah falls into a coma from being crushed by a runaway elevator (no, you did not misread that), Ere and Retrope set off to find a cure. Or, more accurately, Noah's best friend out of nowhere Liam Johnson goes to find a cure, while Ere and Retrope tag along for Fanservice and being damsels so that Liam can rescue them awesomely. There are much sappy scenes where Liam and Retrope declare that they will be together forever, much wangst from Liam about his horrible past, and the mafia is trying to stop them for whatever reason.
The Jade Age was written by Sirena, and the first thing you're going to notice about it is that she likes subverting expectations. For example, Regnis is part of the Five-Man Band and not Gabe, one of the villains has TWO tropes (Voluntary Shapeshifting and Rule of Cool) and demons are accidentally brought back from the depths of hell...all in one arc. That's the start of the subversions; apparently, Death Is Cheap is speculated to ALSO be subverted. Uh oh. Hold onto your hats, because Sirena is setting us up for one heck of a ride. At first, Sirena didn't take herself seriously. Then she did. Two arcs have been written so far.
- No Name Given: Introducing the Running Gag of Report getting shot in the face, this arc is all about Reginald and Minerva "Minnie" Chainias. Reginald got thrown into The Alcatraz for who-knows-what, and Minnie bails him out using her Voluntary Shapeshifting. The goal of this arc is to send them back to said Alcatraz, but it won't be easy, since Minnie is impersonating Yug and Reginald can invert any trope. Oh, and Reginald carries a fictionite sword called Reminer, did we mention that? We didn't? Oh, good. Featuring zany antics, battles that are so cool your eyes will explode into flames, and a story that blends kooky-crazy and serious (when it wants to be), this arc is, in the words of Reginald, "So super-cool!"
- Freaky February: One month after the events of No Name Given, Ere is kidnapped by Mad Scientist Alexa Dam, Doctor Dam's twelve-year old niece. Alexa activates a mysterious device that doesn't seem to do anything, and Ere breaks out and easily defeats her. Except that's not Ere—Alexa has switched bodies with her. Now equipped with the W.I.K.I. agent's vast arsenal, Alexa!Ere sets out to avenge her uncle and destroy W.I.K.I. for good. Ere!Alexa is forced to work with prototypes and the three female cats the scientist owns in order to retrieve her old body.
- Started with a Spark: Ere has been given two new aides, Melodia and Akuma, and they seem relatively normal. But then Ere overhears a secret conversation between the two, and learns a horrifying truth: the world is in peril by the Concept of Nothing, an Eldritch Abomination that will arrive within one lunar cycle and erase everyone and everything from the past, present, and future (itís complicated). Melodia and Akuma are out to stop him, and Ere (and the rest of W.I.K.I.) decides to help them out. But itís going to take a lot more than they think... And thus began the Myth Arc, which will not just stop here.