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Web Animation: TOME
The original series

"Sometimes I wonder, if there is more to this game than everybody thinks there is. Like there is something bigger in all of us, just hidding out, watching us. Wouldn't you want to know?"
—Alpha's trailer of the remake.

Describeth TOME here? But of course, for I, NYLOCKE, DRAGON OF CAUTIONARY PAGE EDITION! Will describe it here...

Originally called TVTome Adventures (full name rarely used), TTA is a flash series created by Chris "Kirbopher" Niosi, using as inspiration a Self Insertion RP which took place on the TVTome.com forums (now TV.com).

The plot centers around a group of players of an MMORPG titled TOMEnote  and their fight against the D-Bug organisation, a group of hackers seeking a mysterious "Forbidden Power", sometime in the not-too-distant future.

TTA started as a humble amateur sprite-animation series, which gradually improved during its long run. The series is notable for its great length (a total of 73 episodes over 3 seasons and a three-part movie), especially for its medium.

The remake

During its somewhat sloppy early stages, the series used a unique combination of sprites and hand-drawn graphics, while the voice acting was mostly done by the writers of the original RP, each one voicing his or her own character.

The author has openly admitted he's had some heavy influence from .hack, Mega Man Battle Network, and ReBoot. References to Anime are also frequent, Dragon Ball Z being the most common—for example, the character of Zetto, fact which is frequently Lampshaded by other characters.

After Niosi entered college, he had less time for the series (at first, the fourth 27-episode season was shortened to a handful of OVAs, then scrapped altogether). He continued it with smaller projects, such as the three-part Super Freakin' Parody Rangers, which features Expys of the characters Zetto and Ruri.

However, on 11/11/11, a fully animated Continuity Reboot of TTA re-titled Terrain Of Magical Expertise was released, this time with the internet equivalent of an All-Star Cast, including LittleKuriboh among others.

The remake features a unique style of animation reminiscent of video games like Battle Network or The World Ends with You, and it looks just that cool. Ten episodes, and seven shorts, have been released, which constitute the show's first season. The entire series can be found at Niosi's specially-designed webpage (via Blip TV, which also allows for viewing in HD). Most episodes (except for the Season Finale and the last short) can be seen on Niosi's homepage at Newgrounds, and he has finally begun uploading all the episodes (each split into two parts) and shorts on his YouTube page as a result of his partnership with Channel Frederator. His YouTube channel is also where promotional material for the series is usually uploaded.The script supervisor, Liz Losey, has began a spin-off of the remake called TOME: Respec.

The remake, TOME, now has a tool for voting on Favorite Episodes

TvTOME Adventures (The Original) Provides examples of:

  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Kagemamoru.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Phaxal
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: While realistic skin colors are available, plenty of humanoid characters sport more wild colors.
  • Another Dimension: The Netking's server world, as well as the dimension containing Motherboard.
  • Anti-Hero: Zetto.
  • Arc Number: 1111
  • Artificial Limbs: Zetto, doubles as a Grappling-Hook Pistol and a Gatling Good Arm Cannon.
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign/Gratuitous Japanese: Kalasu Angel does not mean "angel of death"note ; many characters use Japanese phrases like "Yoshi!" (Okay!) and "Shine!" (Die!); and don't get me started on "Kageryuken".
  • Author Stand-In: Almost all of the characters are based on "authors"—the creator of the series actually has two avatars, kirbopher15 and Zetto.
  • Awakening the Sleeping Giant: The D-Bug Dragon at the end of Season 2, although the good and bad guys don't so much join forces to stop it as they do just happen to both be trying to kill it for different reasons.
  • Badass Normal: Out of whom many consider to be the five most powerful players in the game, Nailock is the only one without any kind of game-breaking advantage; Alpha, Kirbopher and Gamecrazed were all influenced by powerful viruses, and Zetto is a Netking.
  • Blood Knight: Many of the characters, but mostly Zetto.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Nailock. One of the more powerful and skilled fighters in the game, but also a Large Ham who sprinkles his speech with Gratuitous Japanese.
  • Butt Monkey: Gamecrasher, Nailock and (occasionally) Kirb himself.
  • Captured Super Entity
  • Charged Attack: Rob*'s Asterisk Shield. Hit it enough times and then... "RELEASE!!!"
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Darkeyesofanubis, the villain of Season 4 makes a cameo appearance in Season 3, though Season 4's cancellation negates the effects of this.
  • Covered in Gunge: Splat and Bling Bling's attacks are slime based.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Nailock. He's off-the-wall, zany and doesn't seem all there at times, but he also defeated one of the main villains in record time, defeated the strongest of a group of the strongest players in the game, and is one of the only people to defeat Zetto.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Gamecrazed
  • Deadly Upgrade: The Forbidden Power makes Alpha near-invincible, but he's slowly losing control of it.
  • Deal with the Devil: Alpha took the offer of the virus frags out of a desire to become stronger.
  • The Ditz: Nailock Kotetsu Ryu
  • Dungeon Bypass: The Motherboard404 arc.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: T-Bones, Grounder and Thunder256 make cameos in the first episode of TOME, despite not appearing in TTA until Season 2.
  • Energy Absorption: The items created by Rob*, as well as Zetto's arm.
  • Evil Plan Several:
    • When first facing Kirbopher15 in his transformed state, EXE knew he had the D-Bug virus within him, and planned to make it his own. He convinced the Webmaster to make an '1111' item so Kirb could trigger the state, and would only do so if confronting his accomplice Zetto, by letting the heroes go covert at the D-Bug Org. II base while keeping the other Netkings ignorant. Absorbing too much viruses while transformed, Kirb unleashes the D-bug, that seeks to fight the strongest fighter in TOME, and eventually makes its way to EXE's room, which had a stash of 10 virus fragments, and manages to control the dragon by fusing it to the Super Computer.
  • Evil Twin: The "Shadow Users" are (mostly) nonsentient copies of every user of the system.
  • Expy: Zetto is one of Vegeta. He even has his hairstyle!
  • The Faceless: Voltarius in late season 2 (The Voice beforehand), and an unnamed season 3 villain...though Anidoug was the villain of Season 3.
  • Facial Markings: Alpha, as well as various other characters.
  • Fan Boy: Zetto is a Dragon Ball Z fanboy, and has an avatar and personality resembling Vegeta. This tends to annoy the other characters, even though plenty of them seem to like the show as well.
  • Filler Villain: The Flux Gang in the movie. Not quite. Flux himself was to make a reappearance in season 4 in a similar body to that of Neomutant's.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: Stated by the man who created the battle system to be "the game's top three elements".
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Fusion Dance: (Alpha+Zetto = Alphazet (Composite), Alpha+Kagemamoru = Virus-fused Alpha (Power Booster))
  • Hand-Hiding Sleeves: Alpha wears a shirt with sleeves that cover his hands. It falls under the "cute sleeves" variant, and, coupled with a scarf that occasionally covers his mouth, it is mostly used to emphasize his shy and unassuming personality.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: Voltarius, who is really Zetto.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Season 4 was to have one of the Anubis Guild's members, Fauna, pull a Heel-Face Turn and sacrifice herself by overclocking her powers to destroy the barrier surrounding the stronghold so that the final assault could begin.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: Voltarius, Phaxal
  • Humble Beginnings: Compare the first episode of TTA with the first episode of TOME.
  • An Ice Person: There are really too many ice elementals. Niosi likes ice.
    • Specifically, a lot of the the Player Characters in the RP that TTA was based on had ice-related abilities. "Shoot an icicle" seems to be a common low-level attack which a lot of characters use though, even if they are not ice-based.
  • Improbable Age: One of the game's programmers was a teenager.
  • It's Personal: Both viruses.
  • Jack of All Stats: Alpha is of a Neutral class, and has a variety mix of elemental attacks and non-elemental skills.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Zetto
  • Kudzu Plot: A number of dangling questions were left after season 3. Some of the answers can be found by trawling Kirbopher's deviantART account.
  • Large Ham: NAILOCK!!!
  • Left Hanging: Niosi ended season 3 fully intending to continue with a fourth season, but eventually abandoned those plans.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Just look on Niosi's deviantART account, and just see how many characters alone are in the series.
  • Long Runner: By the standards of the medium.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Had season 4 come to full fruition, it would've been revealed to be Darkeyesofanubis, who was responsible for the creation of the Kagemamoru Virus, the D-Bug Virus, and generally has masterminded the events of the series as a whole.
    • Also the climax of season 2: While Zetto was indeed Voltarius, the boss-man of the group, EXE was the one really in charge of the D. Bug (original and II) Organization.
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: Players often scream in agony even though they should not be able to feel any pain.
  • Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: Giga
  • MMORPG: TOME
  • Motive Decay (Tormentros goes from mercenary to self-proclaimed "Angel of Death", though this is largely due to a Psycho Serum overdose)
  • Noob: (Quite a bit of characters, but the most blatant ones are Raccoon and Sojojo. Their voices are even modeled after DBZ Dragon Villains Cell Junior and Kid Buu to drive home how childish they are.
  • Nostalgia Level: The Donkey Kong minigame in one episode, created by a character who is a Mario fanboy.
  • Official Couple: Alpha and Flamegirl.
  • One-Winged Angel: Zetto. Twice. Then there's Ravenfreak, Racoon, Sojojo and Simdragon. All have been subject to the Virus Frags at one point or another, and each has taken on a different form when they utilized one.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: (Zetto) and Tormentros/Kalasu Angel
  • Pastiche: The series is a pastiche of .hack and MegaMan.EXE.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Gamecrasher
  • Powers as Programs: Literally—Alpha even receives an antivirus which manifests as a "Vaccine Cannon" attack.
  • Psycho Serum: The virus frags, which grant users with great power, at the likely cost of their sanity, though.
  • Retired Badass: PaperAceChase and the other members of the "Ranks of Sanctuary"
  • The Rival: Zetto, to Alpha.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Kagemamoru in the Sanctuary Region and the D-Bug in Kirbopher.
  • Storming the Castle: Heroic and villainous uses.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Alpha and Kirbopher.
  • Sword Beam: Kirbopher can fire icicles, tornadoes and lightning from his sword.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: rac000n and Bling Bling.
  • Transformation Trinket: Kirbopher15 goes superpowered anytime he cuts '1111'. The first time he did it when his EXP reached that number, and then used it again when facing Webmaster and his Deletion Beam (a collection of 1s and 0s), which he would later use to help Alpha beat Kagemamoru. In the second season, Webmaster gave Kirb a '1111' item that he could use in a pinch, but one time only. Kirb does so, but awakens the D-bug virus fully in the process.
  • Tournament Arc: The Z Tournament, as well as the X-Games.
  • Transformation Sequence: Zetto and Raccoon had these. Rockoon in the reboot also gets this when he merges with Kajet.
  • Welcome Episode: The first episode shows Alpha's first log-in, along with him meeting the other main characters. Oddly, Flamegirl first logged in that same day (August 23, 2020), but she's depicted as a veteran of TOME.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: The viruses.

TOME (The Remake) provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Flamegirl
    • Kizuna as well
  • Adaptation Name Change: Most of the cast, though usually similar to their original names.
  • Adorkable: Archy.
  • All There in the Manual: Information about the game of TOME itself is provided in this bonus video.
  • Alliterative Title: Some episodes, like "Mansion Midnight", "Minigame Madness", and "Dragon Drama".
  • Angrish: Granda's yelling in Episode 4. In the actual episode, this is all heard in the background, during a beating on Nylocke.
  • Anti-Villain: Demonking. He just wants the money to go back to school, okay?
  • April Fools' Day: Short 00: "The Tome Adventure". Actually a cartoon made In-Universe by Rockoon which contains many shout-outs to the original incarnation of TTA, including bringing back the voice actors for Alpha, Gamecrazed, and Nailock to parody their old characters.
  • Arch-Enemy: The TOME Short, Nylocke's Day off, invokes this trope when it introduces Nylocke's Villainous, Rival, the Sinister, Serpentine!
  • Art Shift: TOME uses a different art style for every situation.
    • The "character sprites" are used for walking through the landscape of TOME, and sometimes for fight scenes
    • TOME switches to using "talking avatars" when characters are speaking.
    • The art style switches to paper, and pencil sketches, during Flashbacks, or when a character is role playing.
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign/Gratuitous Japanese: Averted compared to the original. In particular "Nailock Kotetsu Ryu" became "Nylocke, Dragon of the Cold Steel", trading his Fanboy Japanese for Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe.
  • Audio Commentary: Niosi is releasing episode commentaries on his website. In addition to himself, they feature LittleKuriboh (voice of Nylocke), ShadyVox (sound designer and the voice of Alpha), D-Mac Double (assistant voice director and the voice of Rockoon), Kajetokun (composer), Crikeydave, Foolyguy, Heilos (background artists), and Blizooka (script supervisor).
  • Battle Couple: Alpha and Flamegirl in the Gemini tournament
  • Berserk Button: Rockoon is NOT a rodent, ok? Heck, even ask him and he'll go in a long-winded rant about how a raccoon is more closely related to a bear than a rodent, if you could actually catch up to what he's saying at least.
  • Big Bad: D-Buggers.org. Or so it seems. In fact, the hackers are just trying to stop the true big bad- The Forbidden Power.
  • Big Good: Nylocke is said by Niosi to represent everything good, and heroic in the show. Plus he started the quest to defeat the hackers.
  • Bragging Theme Tune: One between Alpha and Kirbopher in TOME's "Battle On!"
  • Breather Episode: "Fraggedquest", a light-hearted filler romp about The Power of Friendship, with Rockoon as the antagonist, comes in between two darker episodes of the series, "Highest Form of Flattery" and "Awaken the Beast".
  • Break Up Make Up Scenario: This is an ongoing plot between Alpha, Kirbopher and Flamegirl. It started when they had an argument in Awaken the Beast, and it continued when they were shown to be avoiding each other in Minigame Madness, and Dragon Drama. The only part yet to happen yet is the part where they all make up.
  • Butt Monkey:
    • Kirbopher. Who's very often the subject of the group's jokes, because he's easily provoked, often has an attitude/ overreacts to things, and because his friends like to tease him about his friendly rivalry with Alpha. Special mention goes to Nylocke, for while he calls his friends "Sir" or "Lady" in addition to their name, he dubs Kirb the unique title of "Squire", and even gets his name wrong in the first few episodes.
    • Skeight to Rockoon, who being agitated by his imitations of himself, and by the "funny" way Skeight talks makes constant jokes at Skeight's expense.
  • Call Back: The opening scene from "Awaken the Beast" is one to the beginning of the first episode.
  • Calling Your Attacks: (Lampshaded by Alpha in episode 1) "About how you find screaming at the top of your lungs to be an effective opening attack."
    • Lampshaded again in Episode 5 and justified (In Kirb's opinion) as giving the attack extra "oomph".
  • Casting Gag: In episode 2, a character who is identified primarily as the sister of another character is introduced. She is the sister of none other than (the Real Life) Kirbopher, Alison Fanelli - also known as Ellen from The Adventures of Pete & Pete.
  • Catch Phrase Interruptus: Nylocke's Catch Phrase is usually interrupted by events about Once an Episode, though since it's a Mad Libs Catch Phrase, he'll just insert the nature of the interruption into it instead.
  • Character Blog: The character Kirbopher has an official tumblr Ask him anything!
  • Cluster Bleep Bomb: Doubling, does this. His sister, Splat, prefers the Precision F Strike version.
  • Color-Coded Characters: In the end credits only. Alpha is red, Kirbopher is blue, Nylocke is green, Gamecrazed is purple, and Flamegirl is orange.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Gamecrazed.
  • Combined Energy Attack: What ultimately causes Demon!Rockoon to kick the bucket in episode 4.
  • Contest Winner Cameo: Auctioned on Ebay. These are sold to fans to promote the show in some of the episodes, The winners send Niosi their own character designs which he TOME-ifies into something that fits the show. They then get inserted into certain scenes to appear near some of the recurring characters. A couple cameos even have brief speaking lines.
  • Cooldown Hug: Flamegirl gives Alpha one to stop him using the Forbidden Power to kill Ravenfreak.
  • Continuity Reboot: TOME, which starts the story over from the beginning.
  • The Corruption : Every aspect of the Forbidden Power.
  • Couch Gag: Every episode begins with a view of the Fantasy World Map of TOME, before zooming into a specific region as one of our Five-Man Band logs in and arrives there.
    • Though "Fraggedquest" opens as usual, we don't actually see Gamecrazed logging in; he's already there when the episode begins. (Note that we don't see him logging out in "Mansion Midnight", either.)
  • Covered in Gunge: Splat and Doubling's attacks are slime based.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Nylocke, in episode 4 of the reboot, gets utterly wasted by a vengeful Granda. Entirely Played for Laughs.
    • Alpha inflicts them when he uses the Forbidden Power.
    • Alpha inflicts them on a lot of players when he's suffering a Demonic Possession from the Forbidden Power, including Kirbopher. He receives one in return from Zetto.
  • Dashing Hispanic: Neomutant.
  • Deal with the Devil: Alpha becomes a part of this only through his naivete. It comes back to bite him in a huge way in episode 5.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The lyrics were written and co-performed by Niosi himself.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Saturndiva, Whyti, Granda, T-Bones, and Elecscope all appear in Episode 1 during Nylocke's speech.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: The earliest episodes (01, 02, and Short 01) all have this, to varying extents - Niosi took a lengthy break between episodes 02 and 03 to work on fundamentals, and it shows. Among the major differences:
    • In "You've Gotta Virus", Alpha, Nylocke, Gamecrazed, and Rockoon all sound different from how they would in later appearances, despite all being voiced by the same actors. Rockoon also acts quite differently, because Deven Mack began writing his own character's lines from "Hackers" onward.
    • The "talking avatars" were drawn more roughly; Niosi actually re-edited the episodes upon uploading them to Blip (and later YouTube) to insert the newer, more refined versions.
    • In "You've Gotta Virus", the battlegrid exists only along the vertical plane, has no "floor", and does not appear to have definite boundaries within the playing field; all of this was changed starting in "Mansion Midnight", and the notion that players can still affect the environment from within the battlegrid was also introduced.
    • The original version of "Mansion Midnight" re-introduced Kirbopher, Gamecrazed, and Nylocke by displaying their vital statistics; viewer complaints led Niosi to stop doing this from "Highest Form of Flattery" onward (using it only for initial appearances), and he even removed them from the Blip and YouTube re-uploads.
  • Everyone Can See It: Alpha and Flamegirl; even Flamey seems to be aware that Alpha likes her (though she halfheartedly denies this in the company of her friends), but Alpha appears genuinely uncertain about Flamey's feelings.
  • Extremely Short Timespan: Every episode so far takes place over the course of only one "session" of gameplay each. The shortest so far is "Mansion Midnight", which depicts about one hour (in a fifteen-minute episode).
  • Face Fault: Hilariously lampshaded by Kirbopher and Gamecrazed in Episode 2.
    Gamecrazed: Why did you fall?
    Kirbopher: I DON'T KNOW.
  • Facial Markings: Alpha. Tsuzuku and Shogun also have them. Zetto seems to also have one in the shape of a Z under his left eye.
  • Five-Man Band: Alpha, Kirbopher, Flamegirl, Gamecrazed, and Nylocke. The album cover for the official soundtrack even makes a Visual Pun out of this trope.
  • Floating Continent: TOME itself, against a backdrop of the (real) Fantasy World Map.
  • Foreshadowing: TOME displays the "Forbidden Power"'s ability to physically harm players from episode 1.
    • The Gemini Tournament, formally introduced in "Awaken the Beast", is first foreshadowed several episodes prior in "Mansion Midnight". Where Asterob says, the Mansion was being used to test a tournament feature for "a bigger event coming up". In "Fraggedquest" players are also seen using the Mansion for tournaments.
  • Friendless Background: Alpha, most definitely, but there are also signs that this is true of Kirbopher, Gamecrazed, and Nylocke as well. Even Flamegirl, when she mentions her "friends", is usually talking about other players of TOME. This may be the reason that The Power of Friendship is such a key theme of the series.
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: For the most part, this trope is averted. Every possible combination of two out of the Five-Man Band have one-on-one interactions at some point during the series... except for Kirb and Flamey, who are well-established as With Friends Like These..., as well as the following trope.
  • Friend Versus Lover: Kirbopher says all Flamegirl is Alpha's Fangirl and Flamegirl argues that Kirbopher won't leave Alpha alone, and that he "jumps on his balls every time he logs on". In actuality though the reason they argue constantly is because they're both jealous of the other for having Alpha's attention. Nylocke even implies this jokingly.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Nylocke is Sanguine, Kirbopher is Choleric, Flamegirl is Phlegmatic, and Gamecrazed is Melancholic. Alpha is Supine, a very rare type indeed for a protagonist.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: In episode 08 if you pause at just the right time you can see a sprite of Demonking and his partner in the tier list for the quarter finals, foreshadowing his appearance toward the end of the episode. Several cameos appear in the tier list as well such as Red Meat, and Mace from Super Freakin' Parody Rangers. Episode 10 also has a whole bunch when The Forbidden Power possesses Zetto and the fight that follows.
  • George Lucas Altered Version: All existing episodes of TOME were uploaded to Blip at the end of July, 2013, converted from SWF format so that they could be shown in HD. However, the earliest episodes ("You've Gotta Virus", "Hackers", and "Mansion Midnight") also had the original talking avatars re-animated to match the newer versions, and certain lines were re-recorded to maintain continuity with later episodes.
  • Green Hill Zone: One of the three regions of TOME, ;Sanctuary. Because battles aren't allowed there (it's exclusively dedicated to social networking), it's been very scarce so far, appearing for the first time in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo in "Dragon Drama".
  • Hub City: The region of ;Mechcity, first appearing in "Highest Form of Flattery". It places greater emphasis on social networking than ;Lavendera, and is a far more visually interesting and diverse setting.
  • I Have Many Names: NNNYLOCKE!! Dragon of constantly increasing titles!
  • In-Series Nickname: Of the five main characters, four are often referred to by derivatives of their usernames: Kirbopher is "Kirb", Gamecrazed is "GC", Nylocke is "Nye", and Flamegirl is "Flamey" to most, aside from Saturndiva, who calls her "Flames".
    • Nylocke addresses his friends as "Sir" or "Lady", except for Kirbopher, whom he always calls "Squire".
  • Instrumental Theme Tune: Not normally, but Episode 6 featured for the ending an Orchestral version of Battle On!
  • Ironic Echo: A frequently-used device:
    • "Well, it's about time!" Used by Kirbopher, voiced by himself, in the episode just before he jumps Alpha, and used by Zetto, also voiced by Chris Niosi, in his debut in Episode 5. Bonus points that its used for both their respective Establishing Character Moment.
    • Doubling's line to Rockoon in the "Hackers" short ("I don't like this job, I don't like TOME, I don't like you") is echoed by Rockoon to Skeight in "Rockoon's Modern Strife" (paraphrased as "I didn't need him, I don't need friends, I don't need you"), maintaining the triplicate and even using the same editing and sound effects. It turns out that Skeight is really Doubling in disguise, meaning that Rockoon is effectively throwing his words back in his face - though without knowing it.
  • Item Get: Flamegirl, and Kirbopher have one of these moments when finding their respective pieces of the shadowguard idol, complete with fanfare, an item glow while they hold it to the audience, and a "FRAGMENT GET" prompt for their effort. Subverted with Gamecrazed however. When he gets his piece we only see him reach for it.
    • Part of the charm of it is that the original version of Kirbopher's character in TTA is based on Sword Kirby, who's an Expy of Link. For TTA fans it can be loosely, considered a Mythology Gag.
  • Kissing Discretion Shot: A scene in episode 7 is suggestive that Alpha and Flamegirl kiss, but it fades to white, and we don't see it happen.
  • Large Ham: NYLOCKE! Dragon of loud exclamations!
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The end of episode 2...
    Nylocke: NYLOCKE! Dragon of the Rolling Credits!
  • Leitmotif: A number of characters and settings have one, unsurprising given the RPG Elements of the game.
  • Let's Duet: Judging by the animations Starlight Speedway the song that plays in the credits of episode 7, appears to be a duet between Alpha and Flamegirl. Although they got a different person to sing for Flamegirl, and the lyrics don't particularly mean anything.
  • Limited Animation: When walking around and talking, the characters are typically rendered as"sprites," or have character portraits.
  • Lovable Coward: Asterob.
  • Mercy Kill: Flamegirl does this to Neomutant, forcing him to log out, so that Alpha's virus powers don't hurt him in real life.
  • MMORPG: TOME
  • Mythology Gag: Rockoon briefly refers to Doubling as "Blingbling" (his name in the original series) to which he responds "That's a dumb name."
    • He also says this Unusual Euphemism to Skeight: "Who in the Purple Caves are you?" Bonus points that they're having this conversation in ;Lavendera (the reboot's version of the Purple Cave region).
    • Rockoon calling himself Raccoon in the Gemini Tournament. Bonus points for actually looking like the TTA character as well.
  • No Indoor Voice: Nylocke.
  • Non Sequitur Thud: Nylocke, just after the Curb-Stomp Battle he had just been on the end of...
    Nylocke: I...I am Nylocke...Horrendously-violated dragon...With split ends. (thud)
  • Not Named In Closing Credits: Deven Mack, Jr., though he is listed as part of the crew for the episode "Awaken the Beast", is not credited as part of the cast for his appearance as Rockoon in the tag.
    • In an attempt to help preserve the shocking twist of The Reveal in "The Warring Demons", Chris Niosi is up until that episode credited under a pseudonym - Tony A. Campbell - as the voice of Zetto.
  • Notable Original Music: In contrast to the original TTA, which borrowed anime and video game music, TOME has an original soundtrack composed by Weston "Kajetokun" Durant - though most of the tracks were originally composed for a planned SNES-style RPG project that fell through. On December 18, 2013 (coincident with the first season finale), Niosi finally made the full soundtrack available on the show's Bandcamp page.
  • Official Couple: Alpha and Flamegirl.
  • Oh Crap: Demon Alpha, when the forbidden power is deflected by Zetto, which causes him to lose the battle. Alpha has another one of these, in his regular form, when Zetto absorbs the forbidden power and corrupts HIM.
  • On the Next: Added to the YouTube uploads of the second part of each proper episode, these feature yet another version of the "Battle On" theme as background music, with the primary character of the coming episode doing the narration (Kirb narrates the "Mansion Midnight" teaser, Flamey narrates for "Highest Form of Flattery", etc).
  • One-Shot Character: Most of the villains are One Shot Characters, except for Rockoon who loves his hacking job, Demonking who is redeemed by Nylocke and appears again in a short later, another nameless character that appears in both "Awaken The Beast", and "Dragon Drama", and of course The Big Bad, D-Buggers.org, who leads the hackers.
  • One-Winged Angel: Rockoon in the reboot has the dubious honor of being the first antagonist to do this, thanks to his hacking of "The Shadow Guard Beast".
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Nylocke has such a breakdown in episode 6, though in private to GameCrazed.
  • Police Are Useless: Minigame Madness reveals The moderators are unwilling to do anything to stop Alpha's virus powers hurting other players, as they don't think it's a "REAL Problem". That probably means they don't do anything about players hacking the game either. They will ban the occasional scammer though, but even that is ineffective as said scammer is known to have made multiple accounts.
  • The Power of Friendship: A central theme of the series.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Nylocke lets Zetto win the gemini tournament's final match to teach him that winning isn't everything. This was after he pretty much absorbed all of Zetto's Ki energy, and was in a position to finish him off with his own Ki, making Zetto's win feel undeserved.
  • Rearrange the Song: Several examples.
    • The theme song has been rearranged twice: first the instrumental chiptune version at the end of "Minigame Madness" (later used for the end credits added to most other shorts on Blip), and then an orchestral version at the end of "Dragon Drama".
    • The leitmotif introduced for Nylocke in the first episode was re-arranged and became his theme song.
      • His leitmotif was also given a chiptune remix which can be heard in the end credits added to the Blip upload of "Nylocke's Day Off".
    • The frequently-heard tune described by Niosi as Flamegirl's Theme was given the Softer And Slower Cover treatment by TheLivingTombstone, as part of the prelude to Alpha and Flamey's Relationship Upgrade.
    • "Survive The Drama", the tune that plays as Zetto fights Demon Alpha in Mechcity, was rearranged with "THE VIRUS", the theme of the Forbidden Power, and became "Surive tHE VIRUS", the theme of Demon Zetto.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Kirb's the red; Alpha's the blue (however, they are identified by the opposite colours in-game).
  • Rhymes on a Dime: The Quest Giver combines this speech pattern with Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe.
  • Sensitive Guy And Manly Guy: Kirbopher is Manly Man to Archy's Sensitive Guy.
  • Shipper on Deck: Nylocke, Whyti, and Saturndiva for Alpha x Flamegirl.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The shadow guard idol was drawn to look like the silver monkey in Legends of the Hidden Temple. The head attaches to the other pieces with a spike.
    • The scene in episode 4, where Rockoon mocks Nylocke for always being in character, was a reference to DOTDOTDOT, narrated by Deven Mack Jr. (voice of Rockoon) and animated by Mick Lauer (voice of the quest giver).
    • Nylocke's "Hoo!, ha!, parry!, dodge!, spin!, thrust!" in episode 5 is this to an episode of Looney Tunes called "Robin Hood Daffy".
      • Rockoon can be a shout out to Looney Tunes himself sometimes.
    • Also in episode 5, Nylocke describes the Gemini tournament as "a showcase of bonds beyond time and space!". LittleKuriboh and ShadyVox played Yugi and Jaden in Yu-Gi-Oh Abridged: Bonds Beyond Time.
    • The Minigames in Minigame Madness are shout outs to real phone apps. Specifically, Bejewled, Fruit Ninja, and Angry Birds.
    • Nylocke's Wall Jump in episode 6 is in reference to the Mega Man X series.
    • This gem in episode 7
    Kirb::"Look Kid!? Have you ever heard of the word Espionage?"
    Archy::"What? you mean like a Chameleon?"
  • Sickly Green Glow: Whenever someone is using hacking powers.
  • Sissy Villain: Ravenfreak
  • Slasher Smile: Zetto sports one of these almost non stop in episode 5.
  • Sword Beam: Kirbopher can fire icicles, tornadoes and lightning from his sword.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: The Forbidden Power that Alpha acquired in episode 1. Comes back to bite him big time in episode 5.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Neomutant.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Elescope gets freaked out by Nylocke leaping at him... But is truly shocked when GC warps up behind him to chat.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Flamegirl and Kirbopher throw one at each other in episode 5, Flamegirl's is about how Kirb always hangs around them even though they piss him off and that he's more obsessed with Alpha then anyone. Kirb claims that all Flamegirl happens to be is Alpha's fangirl and takes everything in a video game (like fighting hackers) too seriously.
  • There Are No Police: Or in this case, admins and mods. The hackers seem to have been allowed to run amok with impunity, with only the Five-Man Band to stop them.
    • Finally averted with the "Minigame Madness" short, in which an (unnamed) admin or mod is seen taking reports from players (following up on the events of "Awaken the Beast"), and then banning a known troublemaker.
  • Thing-O-Meter: GC's "AWKWARD-O-METER" in episode 4.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Rockoon and Doubling. Their voice actors had so much fun making them into a comedic duo that they pretty much took Kirb's planned script and ran with it.
  • Totally Radical: Hyprelynx, in episode 6.
    "Who cares? That was righteous!"
  • Tournament Arc: The Gemini Tournament, in which players must form pairs and fight alongside each other. The shown pairs are: Alpha/Flamegirl, T-Bones/Granda, an unnamed pair, Saturndiva/Whityl, Kirbopher/Archy, Raccoon/Skeight, Tsuzuku/Shogun, Zetto/Kizuna, Nylocke/Gamecrazed, Hyprelinx/Elescope, another unnamed pair, an unnamed character/Demonking, yet another unnamed pair, one last unnamed pair, Dustbunny/Neomutante, and Sniperwheel/Asterob.
    • As of Episode 08, Alpha/Flamegirl and Zetto/Kizuna are in the semifinals, while Nylocke/Gamecrazed, Demonking/partner, an unnamed pair (Parody Rangers expys), and Sniperwheel/Asterob are in the quarterfinals.
  • Transformation Sequence: Rockoon gets this when he merges with The Shadow Guard Beast.
  • True Companions: The Five-Man Band. An entire episode is devoted to all of them realizing this of themselves.
    • Nylocke and Gamecrazed seem closer to each other then the rest of the group after the events of episode 6.
  • Twenty Minutes into the Future: Background information consistently describes TOME as being set in 2020, less than one decade from the premiere date of November 11, 2011.
  • Unusual User Interface: The precise nature of the technology being used to play TOME is unspecified - and Niosi plans on keeping it that way.
  • Valley Girl: Flamegirl is literally one of these - she hails from Burbank, California. However, personality-wise, the trope is subverted.
  • Variations On A Theme Song: There have been several variations of the theme song, "Battle On":
    • the instrumental version, identical to main theme but without the lyric. First appeared in promotional trailers predating the launch of the series, but not on the show itself until short 02;
    • an instrumental chiptune arrangement first heard in short 04, but then later edited into earlier shorts when end credits were added to them upon the Blip reupload;
    • the Orchestral arrangement at the end of episode 06, arranged by Steven M. Kelly;
    • the rock and roll version in the end credits of episode 08, arranged by Yoav Landau, and performed by Blake Swift alone (the "Yin" version);
    • the Smooth Jazz version in the end credits of episode 09, arranged by John Robert Matz, and performed by Chris Niosi alone (the "Yang" version);
    • another orchestral version, used for the On the Next segments in the YouTube uploads.
  • Vocal Evolution:
    • Alpha has a flatter, more deadpan affect to his voice in the first episode. In his subsequent appearances, he starts with a more delicate and tentative pattern, probably to help contrast with his Let's Get Dangerous moments and later, his Demonic Possession.
      • Could also count as Fridge Brilliance, since Alpha is shy and wasn't that open when he appeared in Episode 1.
    • Nylocke has a high-pitched and breathy voice at first, but starting in the second episode it has a deeper, booming timbre, which better portrays his No Indoor Voice Large Ham qualities.
  • Wall Jump: Demonstrated by Nylocke to reach the top of a building in ;Mechcity.
  • We Can Rule Together: Serpentine to Nylocke in Nylocke's Day Off,
    "FOOLISH! You should cease your stupidity, and step over to the side of the serpent! JOIN ME! and we shall rule TOME like the regal creatures we really are!—- Serpentine, TOME, Nylockes Day Off
  • Wham Episode: Two so far:
    • Episode 05: "Awaken the Beast".
    • Episode 10 (the first Season Finale): "The Warring Demons".
  • With Friends Like These...: Kirbopher and Flamegirl bicker constantly, and really don't seem to like each other at all. This comes to a head in "Awaken the Beast", when the two get into such a heated argument that Alpha (who only joined TOME in the first place to make friends) becomes quite upset. The same episode also half-jokingly suggests a potential reason for their squabbles: both of them are interested in Alpha, and are jealous of the other.
  • Xenafication: The end result of Niosi turning Flamegirl into an Action Girl in the remake. She's been upgraded from the sweet, and polite, damsel in distress she was in TTA, into a warrior with a no nonsense attitude in the remake!
  • Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: Nylocke and the Quest Giver; at the latter's insistence, anyone seeking a quest must also address him in this fashion. Both Flamegirl and Rockoon pull this off with aplomb.

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alternative title(s): TTA; TOME; Terrain Of Magical Expertise; TV Tome Adventures
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