Still, arcs are the only way to go if you want to cover most of the tropes. That way, you can have a happy ending, a bittersweet ending, a downer ending, and all those other ending tropes.
Also, beginner tropes can be applied at the beginning of arcs.
Observe different characters from Trope Overdosed series to see how you can apply character tropes.
Also, a multi-verse is pretty much needed if you want to cover all the setting tropes.