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"Who was this man, Sydney? What did he see? What did Rambaldi see? Those who know about him—various agencies, a few in the private sector—they’re spending millions to answer this question. Millions. Men would die for this book. Men have died. You know, Sydney, the work we’re doing here, trying to figure out who Rambaldi was, what he was working on, is becoming an obsession for me."
Arvin Sloane, Alias

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

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

Prior to the rise of streaming in 2010s, the trend was to alternate between these plot-advancing mythology stories and more one-off stories (Monster of the Week or breather episodes), making it easier for new viewers to get into the show and ensuring some short-term gratification while keeping the viewers' interest over the long run. Prior to this, heavily serialized shows like Heroes did exist on network television, but they did not become frequent in Western media until streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu allowed for audiences to more easily engage with such programs without fear of Continuity Lock-Out, making it easier for creators to convince studios to let them produce such programming.


It is also believed that anime, which began reaching overseas popularity during the 1990s, played a factor in Western cartoons (which traditionally runs on the idea of the Reset Button) starting to display more and more examples of this trope as well, thanks to a lot of popular shows from that part of the animation medium having story arcs running the entirety of their series, which can sometimes span hundreds of episodes, with examples including the Macross and Gundam franchises.

Also see Series Goal and Driving Question, which are two of the major forms that a Myth Arc can take the form of.



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  • Though the plot's objective for Assassination Classroom (kill Koro-sensei and save the world) is spelled out from the get-go, the story is divided into several short, episodic arcs that can stand alone like the ones found in a typical slice-of-life manga. However, there's enough foreshadowing, continuity, and other little details to tie them all together and consistently hint at a greater, overlying mystery which is ultimately revealed in the last quarter of the series.
  • The Myth Arc of Attack on Titan deals with finding answers about what the eponymous Titans really are, why the government conspires to maintain the status quo, and finding out what Eren's father left for him to find in his basement. After, it focuses on an upcoming war for survival against The Empire of Marley and the rest of the world.
  • The story of Black Clover has one regarding the truth of the elves' massacre by the Clover Kingdom, with the Eye of the Midnight Sun attacking the Clover Kingdom out of revenge and gathering magic stones to reincarnate the fallen elf tribe. By the end of the Reincarnation Arc, which finished at Chapter 214, the truth of the genocide is revealed, with the revelation and its fall-out revealing the existence of devils who become the next greater antagonists of the plot.
  • Bleach: Since the beginning, scattered information suggested the existence of a Myth Arc. However, its true coherence doesn't become clear until the Thousand-Year Blood War Arc. Word of God confirmed this final arc is what every other story arc was preparing for. Elements include: Aizen's activities, Urahara's activities, Soul Society's Black-and-Gray Morality, Yamamoto's rigid sense of justice, the Shinigami-Quincy wars, the fundamental nature of the Hollow threat, Ichigo's constantly-fluctuating shinigami development. And so on.
  • The modern remake of Bubblegum Crisis, subtitled Tokyo: 2040 significantly differed from its predecessor in having a significantly developed myth arc, as opposed to the prior's tendency towards single episodes and two-parters at most.
  • Case Closed's myth arc involves Shinichi looking for a cure after he's force fed a drug that turns him back into a child, and uncovering the mystery of the ones responsible, a secret criminal syndicate known as the Black Organization.
  • El Cazador de la Bruja had a Myth Arc regarding the Government Conspiracy called Project Leviathan, of which Ellis was a test subject. It isn't until the final 4-5 episodes that the series abandons its episodic nature to start resolving the Myth Arc.
  • Code Geass contains an on-and-off form of Myth Arc revolving around the true nature of the Geass power. This arc begins arguably in the first episode, when Lelouch receives Geass, but the implications of the power are almost always overshadowed by the Britannian/Eleven conflict and Lelouch's search for the truth about his mother's death. The Geass Arc comes into its own later when Mao appears. Mao cannot turn off his Geass, foreshadowing that Lelouch's Geass will also become uncontrollable. The Geass Arc effectively ends in Episode 21 of R2, when Lelouch brings his Geass it to its final permanent binocular form in order to use Geass on the World of C, ultimately destroying the Thought Elevator and killing both Charles and Marianne. Later on, when Lelouch, Suzaku, and C.C. return from the World of C, emerging in the Schneizel Arc, Lelouch finally catches up to all the second-guessing and criticism thrown at him behind his back while he was busy during the Geass arc.
  • Cowboy Bebop, while mostly episodic, has two basic plots running through the whole series: Faye's search for her past and identity, but most importantly, the full story of Spike's life as a mobster and his lost love, Julia.
  • Samurai Champloo has the search for the Sunflower Samurai.
  • The whole plot of Death Note is all one Myth Arc: Light, or Kira, attempting to kill L and later his successors and L attempting to arrest Kira. Plans wrote this manga.
  • In D.Gray-Man, the whole story revolves around the holy war between the Noah family and the wielders of Innocence. The two sides are looking for the Heart of Innocence to win this 7000 year-long war. Later on other elements are added to the myth arc: the mystery of the connections between the Millennium Earl, the Fourteenth and Allen.
  • Den-noh Coil mostly concerns itself with the daily lives of the children using the titular virtual reality glasses with their various adventures, but the mystery of who 4423 is, why he continues to haunt Yasako's memories, the nature of the Illegals who wander old E-spaces, the legend of the girl Michiko who will appear to grant a wish, and the connection between the two Yukos ties everything together.
  • Every season of Digimon has a myth arc, but especially Digimon Tamers which had the season begin with Calumon's arrival into the human world and deeper into the season we find he's the catalyst for Digimon evolution—not that constant clues weren't given throughout the season.
  • DokiDoki! Pretty Cure has its own page. Unlike the previous Pretty Cure season, they aren't pure filler episodes and every episode advance the plot a little bit. The whole story is about the four later five Pretty Cures getting stronger and fighting the Selfish Kingdom and the relationship between the The Heroine and The Dragon.
  • Dragon Ball had quite a few.
    • The first were Goku's tail and unexplained powers and the Dragon Balls themselves, which were both introduced in the very first arc, but weren't resolved until Dragon Ball Z. There was another relating to the shared history of Piccolo and Kami, one involving Son Goku's gradual ascension into the mythical Super Saiyan, and one involving Son Gohan's hidden powers.
    • Also Vegeta's bitter, one-sided rivalry with Goku, and his gradual change from villain to anti-hero.
  • Pretty much the entire first season of Eureka Seven is just foreshadowing for the second half of the series and getting to know the characters.
    • Specifically there are quite a few myth arcs in this series: Gekkostate's war with the United Federation, which is related to the conflict between Holland and Dewey Novak, the implied Love Dodecahedron between Renton, Eureka, Holland, and Talho (it's complicated), Dominic's love for Anemone, Anemone's descent into madness as a result of piloting The END, Eureka's physical and emotional metamorphosis, and most importantly, the growing relationship between Renton and Eureka, which is related to the scub coral and their attempts to communicate with mankind.
  • Fairy Tail has the dragons' disappearance (and the number 7) which it will occasionally throw a tidbit out for. Until the direct involvement of seven dragons being brought from the past and seven Dragon Slayers fighting them, and later they meet one of them in the present again.
    • Another myth arc is about the dark wizard Zeref, who seems ever closer to bringing chaos about for every arc that passes by.
  • Despite the first chapters of Fullmetal Alchemist looking like your usual shonen Adventure Towns, the whole manga is one long and steady Myth Arc, going out of its way to explain how the homunculi, Father, Hohenheim, the Gate of Truth, Amestris, and the destruction of Xerxes are all intertwined, ultimately leading up to Father's current plan of using the souls in Amestris to summon God. The author has actually said the ending for the story was the first thing she came up with, and then worked backwards from there.
    • The 2003 anime version has a different myth arc of its own: Dante and her attempts to create a philosopher's stone to permit a Body Surf.
  • Galaxy Express 999 is entirely focused on Tetsuro's journey with Maetel to Andromeda, where he'll get a mechanical body and eternal life. Each episode has the eponymous space train stopping on a different planet and Tetsuro and Maetel having many adventures, however there are hints of Maetel having an ulterior motive to travel with Tetsuro, as well as her receiving orders from a mysterious figure.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya alternates between enthralling plots and (usually) comedic side stories, but generally centers around restoring balance to the ever-changing world thanks to the title character, who must be Locked Out of the Loop. (The novels are either a full story divided into chapters, or full off short stories.)
  • The main focus of Hellsing is the conflict with Millennium, a surviving group of Those Wacky Nazis that use special chips to create the artificial vampires that the Hellsing Organization has to deal with in the early chapters, a conflict which escalates further and further, culminating in an epic battle for the fate of London.
  • In Hunter × Hunter, main character Gon wants to find his dad, which is a driving force behind several of the story arcs. Even when that is not the cause of the arc, it is usually the reason Gon himself gets involved.
    • There's also:
      • Killua's conflict with his older brother Illumi, and his efforts to break free of his family's influence and unlearn the more negative traits of his upbringing.
      • Kurapica's quest to reclaim the stolen eyes of his clan, and kill the people responsible for wiping them out.
      • Hisoka waiting for Gon to be a strong opponent worthy of fighting and possibly killing.
  • Inuyasha was about recovering the Shikon jewel shards and killing Naraku.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, for its first six parts (Part 7 and onward are set in a new continuity), focused on the battle between the Joestar family and Dio Brando's evil (be it himself, his successors, or the MacGuffins that gave him his powers).
  • Kagerou Project has one in the form of the Daze/Never-Ending World, the Big Bad who will do anything to live forever, and how it ties into the backstory of every single main character. While the series (particularly the songs and anime) is highly episodic and character-focused, every time we're given a glimpse into one of their back-stories, the larger mystery unfolding around them is fleshed out little by little, either through exposition (usually from Kido or Ene), seeing the events happen before us (as with Hibiya and Hiyori) or by Shintaro's subconscious use of his time-line-spanning Photographic Memory. Due to the large cast and the sheer complexity of the plot, Continuity Lock-Out tends to ensue.
  • The story of Kaiju Girl Caramelise is overall just the day-to-day drama and humor that comes from Kuroe Akaishi suddenly finding herself in a relationship with Arata Minami. However, in between these Shoujo antics are bits and pieces surrounding the mystery around the reason why Kuroe transforms into a massive dinosaur Kaiju.
  • Legend of Galactic Heroes has one of these, covering the final stages of a war between the Galactic Empire and the Free Planets Alliance, with two of the universe's most talented strategists facing off against one another throughout.
  • The Macross franchise, in addition to having individual arcs in its shows, possesses several myth arcs that run throughout the franchise, including learning more about the Protoculture and the origins of mankind and the Zentraedi, and finding worlds to replace the seriously damaged Earth.
  • Madlax similarly had a Nebulous Criminal Conspiracy Myth Arc with The Syndicate of Enfant at its center. The investigation of Enfant completely eclipsed the Mission Of The Week and Slice of Life routine by episode 10, but it wasn't until episode 18 that all Plot Threads converged into the main plot.
  • Monster: the goal to capture Johann Liebert, naturally.
    • Also Tenma's quest to understand who Johann is, and Nina's attempt to make sense of her past.
  • My Hero Academia: The whole story is about how Izuku Midoriya becomes the greatest hero. Many chapters later, its second objective is revealed: to defeat the evil All For One and his successors, who have a long standing conflict with the users of One For All (with Midoriya being the present user).
  • Naruto started off with a single, largely free-standing arc; the second arc kicked off a Myth Arc that has dominated the storyline ever since, with more and more getting added and making it even more complicated. Even the events of the first arc later come back. Though from the very beginning, it's always been about Naruto's goal of becoming Hokage.
    • There's also the ninja world dealing with the growing threat of the Akatsuki and their goal of attaining all nine tailed beasts.
    • For most of Part 1, Orochimaru's conflict with the Leaf Village, and his plans for Sasuke.
    • For Part 2, Naruto's attempts to bring Sasuke back to the village and back to the side of good after his Face–Heel Turn.
    • Sasuke's quest to avenge the Uchiha clan.
    • The long and tragic history of the Uchiha clan itself.
    • Boruto has been building its own myth arc as an extension of the evil plan from the final villain of the original series, starting with Boruto acquiring a mysterious eye power and Toneri having something to do with it, the reveal of the existence of an alternate dimension, a looming threat related to the Otsutsuki clan, and the plans of the Nebulous Evil Organization known as "Kara".
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi has Negi's search for his Disappeared Dad. It doesn't really become central until around volume 6, which is naturally where the anime adaptation cut off.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion has the war on the Angels, which is later revealed to be a small part of SEELE's Human Instrumentality Project.
  • Noir, as mentioned above, had a Myth Arc from the very first episode, which covered Mireille and Kirika's investigation of the Ancient Conspiracy of the "Soldats". At first, the series devoted much of its time to Target Of The Week episodes, but the Myth Arc gradually intensified, eventually completely eclipsing the assassins plot.
  • The main Myth Arc of One Piece is Luffy's quest to become the Pirate King, which starts in the first chapter. Another one starting later in the series revolves around the conflicts between the main powers of the world, how the main characters' actions affect the balance, and the secret history of the world (and just how far some will go to keep it that way).
    • Part of the Myth Arc is the titular One Piece, a pirate treasure left by the late Pirate King Gol D. Roger, which kickstarted the Golden Age of Piracy. While finding it is a major goal of most of the cast (including the heroes), most of the adventure is spent just trying to get through the Grand Line where the One Piece is hidden and the treasure remains a part of the background until Whitebeard proclaims that the treasure exists with his dying breath, jumpstarting the dreams of a new generation of pirates. Later, the heroes learn about four Plot Coupons that have information that when put together points out the location of the island where the treasure is hidden.
  • Ash's goal To Be a Master in the Pokémon anime. In each and every saga. But perhaps because this has no set conclusion and pay-off in sight, starting with Sinnoh, each major saga/series began to have their own Myth Arc that would be resolved by the end:
    • In Sinnoh, the Myth Arc is based around the region's Time-Space Legend featuring Dialga and Palkia, the Legendary Lake Trio Pokémon and their mysterious connection to Ash, Dawn and Brock, and the machinations of Team Galactic as it attempts to use this legend and its Pokémon to create a new world for themselves that will replace the old one. Strangely, despite starting in the first episode (where Dawn catches sight of Mesprit), it concludes in episode 151, leaving 40 episodes still left to go.
    • In Unova, the Myth Arc is based around the legend of the Black Hero and White Hero representing Ideals and Truth respectively, their Pokémon companions Zekrom and Reshiram, the new "chosen ones" Ash (with Pikachu) and N, and Team Plasma attempting to use this legend to advance its plan for world domination. While starting in the first episode, it only resurfaces in episode 64 and the Episode N story arc near the end of the series. It was supposed to have progressed through more episodes more routinely, but some real-life factors got in the way and changed this.
    • In Kalos, the Myth Arc is based around the phenomenon of Mega Evolution, its origins and the characters who utilize it in the present day, and Team Flare desiring to use the energy of Mega Evolution and the Legendary Pokémon Zygarde to wipe out most of the world's population and preserve its "beauty". This arc not only progressed through many episodes but also through four "The Strongest Mega Evolution" side-story specials starring Alain (who would later become Ash's friend and rival in the actual anime), and concluded at the very end of the series.
    • In Alola, the Myth Arc is based around the region's ancient mysteries and how they affect Ash and his friends in the present day: mysteries such as Z Crystals, the "Tapu" Guardian Pokémon, the legendary Solgaleo and Lunala, and the Ultra Beasts that come from Ultra Space.
  • Queen's Blade and its sequel Queen's Blade Rebellion, besides the tournament, deals about a single question: Who the hell is the Swamp Witch anyways, and why she's so hellbent to destroy the tournament?
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena is usually divided into either three or four different story arcs, but the entire series is a single story building up to an apocalyptic finale, showing how Akio grooms and manipulates Utena through a specific set of trials, all leading up to the moment where she trusts Anthy enough to let her draw the sword of her heart and stab her in the back with it.
  • Saiyuki is a Myth Arc inside a Myth Arc. For the entire first series, the only visible arc is the four heroes' quest to reach India, crush the baddies' nefarious scheme, and restore peace and harmony to Tougenkyo. It's not until midway thru the second series that the real Arc—which finally takes main stage in the third series—begins to reveal itself (why are these particular four on the mission? who is the only human in Houtou Castle? and just how did Sanzo's master really die, and why?)
  • Shaman King does this when, sometime between the end of Season 1 and the start of Season 3, the focus of the series leaves the Shaman Fight entirely and delves off into exploring Hao's involvement in his third consecutive Shaman Fight, at each of which he attempted to steal the Great Spirit, as well as Hao being Yoh's Evil Twin. In fact, the series technically ends before the Shaman King is even decided, with the manga going on an extremely long and sudden Series Hiatus (the 2001 anime concluded with a vague Gecko Ending). The final issues were published four or five years later.
  • Slayers is pretty good at alternating between Myth Arc and filler episodes. While each season will have one story arc spanning it, the three story arcs are intricately connected and form one very long plot.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann starts off as an episodic action/adventure/mecha series following a small band of rebels fighting the Beastmen, who had driven humanity underground. After a mindblowing plot twist followed by some significant Character Development, the series developed into a full-blown war-story. However, after a Time Skip, it is revealed that the war was nothing more than a tiny part of the whole picture.
  • Vinland Saga has Thorfinn's dreams of Vinland and the phrase "somewhere not here".
  • The overarching plot in Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches is about Yamada finding out what kind of person he really is and what he's good for — the individual story arcs come from how he helps witches, recovers lost memories and develops a romance with Shiraishi in the process.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! had the history of the Pharaoh, the Millennium Items, and the Shadow Games (Games of Darkness in Japan) that advanced with each Story Arc until its conclusion at the end of the series.
  • The Garden of Sinners is heavily myth arc-driven, but half of its chapters/movies are actually mostly self-contained episodes. The mythology arc concerns Shiki's Void Origin and Souren Araya's schemes to capture it and consists of the chapters (in chronological order) "Murder Speculation (Part 1)", "Hollow Shrine", "Paradox Spiral", and "Murder Speculation (Part 2)", as well as the original epilogue. The remaining chapters, "Overlooking View", "Lingering Pain", "Oblivion Recorder", and the bonus chapter "Future Gospel", are mostly standalone Villain of the Week entries, even though said villains all eventually turn out to have a connection to Araya (except in the bonus chapter).

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

    Comic Books 
  • 100 Bullets, one that only becomes apparent later on via Jigsaw Puzzle Plot.
  • During the New 52 era, Aquaman's titles were mostly built around the mystery of just what — or who — sank Atlantis.
  • Bone, often classified as a more comedic The Lord of the Rings, has a myth arc involving the Bones finding a way back home, Thorn's true lineage, the war between Atheia and the Lord of the Locusts, and the Big Bad's search for someone in a black shirt with a star on it...
  • The current Deadpool ongoings seem to be developing a myth arc concerning Deadpool trying to be a better person. No telling how long it will go on for though.
  • Druid City's main character, Hunter Hastings, refuses to speak about the events that lead to him fleeing Austin, Texas. In each volume, more hints are revealed for his reason, normally through contact with the character Jenean Walker, who does enter the main story until Volume 7.
  • Geoff Johns' entire run on Green Lantern is one long interconnected storyline spanning across 87 issues, which were connected so strongly that even the Continuity Reboot of the New 52 couldn't break their momentum. Together, they tell the story of the discovery of the Emotional Spectrum and all of the resultant fallout, including the foundation of eight new Lantern Corps aligned with different emotions (as well as with Death and Life itself), the "War of Light" between the Corps, the battle against the rogue Guardian "Krona" (the original custodian of the Emotional Entities), and the fracturing of the Green Lantern Corps. All 67 issues of the comic's fourth volume (2005-2011) tell that story, which kept right on going for the first 20 issues of the fifth volume (2011-present) until Johns finally bowed out. Even before the fourth volume began, Johns' limited series Green Lantern: Rebirth laid some of the crucial foundations for the Myth Arc: it reintroduced the classic villains Sinestro and Black Hand, the eventual founders of the Sinestro Corps and the Black Lantern Corps, and it finally explained that Parallax (the "yellow impurity") was actually the living Emotional Entity of Fear—who would eventually turn out to be one of seven such Entities. note 
  • The Grendel comics are basically one big Myth Arc detailing the beginnings of a young man who becomes an assassin and eventually telling how, in his basic idea and concept, Grendel conquers the planet.
  • Hellboy's myth arc (emphasis on "myth") was plotted out almost entirely around 2001 when author Mike Mignola had him leave the BPRD to go Wandering the Earth. Since then the (now six) books set in that universe have sketched out a grand myth arc spanning the creation of the world to The End of the World as We Know It.
  • Judge Dredd has had a myth arc building for much of the comic's run as to whether the Judges' rule is legitimate. This question has been hanging since 1977, but the Origins story has this bombshell: Judge Fargo, the first Chief Judge and the one whom Dredd and several others were cloned from, had a My God, What Have I Done? moment when he saw what America was becoming under the Judges, and his last words to Dredd were to tell him that the Judges' rule was wrong, and he had to reverse it.
  • Preacher: Jesse, Tulip, and Cassidy's ongoing search for God.
  • The Sandman is a clever example of a Myth Arc in disguise. While the occasional volume may have some development on what would seem to be an ongoing story (Season Of Mists and Brief Lives) it is not until The Kindly Ones when we learn that nearly all aspects of the series were parts of Dream's ongoing plan to evolve himself into a more sympathetic being.
  • Jason Aaron's run on The Mighty Thor and Thor (2014), as well as the crisis crossover Original Sin was this. Beginning in September 2012, it finally culminated in the summer 2019 crossover War of the Realms and a miniseries about the Future Thor, with the key themes throughout being about the nature of Thor being Worthy - what makes him Worthy, what makes him Unworthy, what makes him a hero... and above all, what makes a Thor. As the Arc Words have it, "There must always be a Thor." And there is, with Thor finally defeating Malekith with the aid of his past and future selves, and Jane Foster, who was wielding the disintegrating Ultimate Mjolnir, in the process regaining Mjolnir, which he'd reforged with the reignited Mother Storm in the heart of the sun, through sheer force of will, after losing an eye and spending nine days in the sun on Yggdrasil.
  • Lucifer has a more typical one, as events from previous arcs weave into those of the next.
  • The Transformers (IDW) comics seem to be setting up a double Myth Arc. One concerning the Lost Light and its crew's search for the Knights of Cybertron and another one concerning Bumblebee and the other Autobots attempts to maintain peace on Cybertron (it's not going well to say the least). They also appear to be building up to the return of Optimus Prime.
  • Transmetropolitan was once describednote  as a "3000 page graphic novel".
  • Ultimate Marvel has the Super Soldier Serum, the attempts to replicate it, and how it's led to a superhuman arms race responsible for creating most of the world's heroes and villains.
  • J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman's 24-issue Batwoman run deals with Batwoman getting blackmailed by, working for, and then rebelling against the D.E.O., all the while becoming less hard-nosed about her I Work Alone attitude.

    Fan Works 
  • Child of the Storm has the coming of Thanos and the heroes preparing/being prepared for the Infinity War, with almost every event on the way either being designed to shape them to best be able to match Thanos when he comes, or being used to that end by the series' resident Magnificent Bastard and Seer Doctor Strange.
  • The Pony POV Series has two myth arcs:
  • The Lunaverse is primarily built around the struggle between the Luna 6 and Corona; while they face other villains, she's the overall looming threat throughout the series.
  • Reimagined Enterprise: The approaching Earth-Romulan War up until the last episode of the second season, where it shifts into the ongoing Earth-Romulan War. Would be a spoiler, except, of course, it was established long before the series that there was an Earth-Romulan War around this time.
  • The Facing the Future Series has several ongoing story threads that may or may not be connected — Vlad sending ghosts after Danny for unclear reasons, the Mysterious Watcher known as "G" keeping an eye on Danny for his shadowy superiors, and Danny somehow developing both a dangerous Super Mode and a Psychic Link with Sam.
  • The PreDespair Kids was initially meant to be a fan prequel to the events of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, but it's since transitioned into its own Alternate Universe. The current story is now based around the struggle between the students and Ultimate Despair, and if it's possible to stop them and prevent the Tragedy. While there are many other story lines going on at the same time, this is the overarching issue that hangs over them all.
  • In Code Geass: Colorless Memories So far one has been hinted and built up in the background of the fic, that seems to relate to Kaguya Sumeragi's family that OSI agent Harald Thompson outright called The Sumeragi's Legacy with it apparently extending all the way back to the Heian period of Japanese history.
  • The Halloween Unspectacular series has three:
    • The first, nicknamed the Fiddley Canon, connects virtually everything involved in the various individual Story Arcs from HU1 through HU5. This includes the Reality Warping Fiddley Thing device, sorcery, dragons, Arthurian mythology, and several other things.
    • The second, running from HU6 to HU8, involves attempts by the Nazi remnant group PURITY to Take Over the World and eliminate all superpowered and nonhuman beings.
    • The third, covering HU9 and HU10, is about a mysterious figure setting out to destroy E350's life.
  • To Hell and Back (Arrowverse):
    • According to the author, the first half of the story is building to Arc V, which marks the halfway point of the story.
    • Another myth arc involves the mystery time traveler that is implied to be responsible for all the changes to the timeline prior to Nora Allen's death, including Kara's early arrival to Earth, the survival of Bruce Wayne's parents, and Diana never leaving Themyscira.
  • Despite the Main Stories making it a Slice of Life type Idol story also, there are four major ones spanning all across the Tokimeki PokéLive! and TwinBee series:
    • The "Nijigasaki Saga", which focuses on Hilda White and her friends' journey to become School Idols while also balancing that out with bettering themselves as Pokémon Trainers while also showing various battles between the protagonists and their allies against various villains, Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik being the main recurring villain.
    • The "Hinagiku Saga", which focuses on Yoko Catherine Osaka White, Elesis Kashiwagi Kousaka and Margo, with the girls establishing their own Pokémon Trainer's Club inspired by the Nijigasaki Academy Pokémon Trainer's Club some years before while Eggman and other villains continue opposing the heroines and their allies/loved ones.
    • The "Harmonia Robotnik Saga", the stories in which the focus is on Natural "N" Harmonia Blair and his struggle to adapt to the real world after defecting from the Eggman Empire with the help of various allies, especially his own heroic team, Eggman Empire White.
    • A major crossover story arc, Multidimensional Dark Masters, involving the PokéLive! and Wonder DigiIdolmaster protagonists teaming up to battle the Dark Masters, who are out to merge the Earths of both universes.

    Films — Animated 
  • Shrek has the romance between Shrek and Fiona, which is developed further with each film, from meeting and marrying in the first film, meeting the in-laws in the second, having kids in the third, to having a mid-life crisis before finally settling down in the fourth.

    Films — Live-Action 

  • The 39 Clues is a myth arc about completing the search for the titular 39 clues.
  • Animorphs has one with the Yeerks, namely the overarching conflict across the galaxy. It was basically guaranteed that any book narrated by Ax would discuss this slight bit, any book narrated by Marco would have the myth-arc regarding his mother, Visser One, and stuff narrated by Tobias would deal with the Hork-Bajir, and the Anti-Morphing Ray arc. The whole series had the myth-arc of the war between Crayak and Ellimist, generally covered in Rachel's narrations.
  • A rather notable example in the "hidden epic" of The Cosmere. So far the only connections between the different worlds are Hoid, parallels between the Shards, and a few other things. However Sanderson has stated that he plans to have these references form an extra story in conjunction with the main plots of each of his books.
  • In Daniel Faust, after the first three books, Daniel is caught up in the First Story, a cosmic cautionary tale that plays out again and again across the multiverse, that typically ends with the entire world being destroyed. Daniel is transplanted into the role of The Thief by The Enemy, who is looking to break free of the story's narrative and destroy all of reality.
  • The Dark Tower is, of course, about Roland's journey to the Dark Tower.
  • The Deryni novels and short stories have interrelated plot arcs that span several centuries.
    • Fraught relations between the kingdoms of Gwynedd and Torenth. A younger son of the Torenthi king invades and conquers Gwynedd; after much suffering and several generations, the old ruling family is restored, but at a high price. Descendants of the Torenthi invaders repeatedly attempt to reclaim Gwynedd over the following centuries, and the claim is ultimately folded back into the Torenthi ruling House of Furstan.
    • Deryni-human relations change dramatically in response to the conquest and restoration. Deryni were open and respected, with established schools teaching the ars magica and Healing in particular. A reactionary segment of human lords spiritual and temporal proclaim Deryni to be anathema to solidify their own power after the restoration. The masses are easily brought to help with the persecution of Deryni, thanks to their lack of sophistication and the efforts of dogmatic churchmen. It literally takes centuries for the right people to come on the scene to openly contest the notion that all Deryni are evil and live to tell the tale—and even then, it's a close-run thing for some of them.
  • The various Doctor Who Expanded Universe novel series have had their own myth arcs. The Doctor Who New Adventures had a myth arc concerning the Doctor's true identity and the murky origins of the Time Lords; the Eighth Doctor Adventures had a myth arc concerning a future "War in Heaven" between the Time Lords and an unknown enemy, and the implications for the rest of the universe when the Time Lords lose.
    • The Bernice Summerfield novels and audio dramas each have their own distinct Myth Arc, despite having several episodes in common — the audio dramas describe the rise and fall of the Irving Braxiatel, while the novels concern the unleashing of a Sealed Evil in a Can from Dellah University, leading to the Time Lords and the People vanishing from the universe. Some attempt is made at Arc Welding into a single series despite their drastically different depictions of the title character.
  • The Dresden Files seems to have developed this as of Proven Guilty with the reveal of the Black Council. And after Cold Days with the introduction of Outsiders and Nemesis, it's definitely Gone Cosmic.
    • Even before that there was Harry's war with the Red Court following the events of Grave Pearl and Harry's dealings with The Fair Folk. The series has dipped its hands into a few arcs.
  • Isaac Asimov's Foundation Series: The Foundation Trilogy was initially conceived as The History Of The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire, but taking place on a galactic scale, and from the perspective of it's replacement empire. Psychohistory, a system of mathematics to predict human behaviour, forms the basis of the series; the Prequel novels revolve around its creation, while the Sequel novels deal with the fundamental flaw in their design.
  • Harry Potter: Every book is about Harry's struggle against Voldemort, in one form or another. The second book seemed like an oddball, Monster of the Week episode, until book six revealed just how well it fit into the overall story.
  • The Lord of the Rings (although it was originally meant to be one book), as well as many other popular fantasy series. Lord of the Rings itself is merely the (chronologically) final movement of the greater Myth Arc that is Tolkien's Legendarium, concerned with the history of Middle-earth and the struggles of the Free Peoples against the Dark Lords Morgoth and Sauron.
  • Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen: Although there are three rough story arcs spread between the ten books — commonly called the Genabackis, Seven Cities and Letheras (or Tiste Edur) arcs, after their respective primary geographical settings — they all interweave and connect to the arc of the Crippled God, which covers several hundred thousand years (mostly in backstory), including dragons, primitive hominids, many many gods and demigods, multiple world-spanning disasters and what ever the heck happened to Mother Dark. The histories of Dessimbelackis' First, the Imass First, the Malazan and Letherii Empires are also mysteries that carry the plot. Dang archaeologists.
  • All of the books in Dennis L. McKiernan's Mithgar series fit this trope. They might seem unrelated at first (many books are stand-alone and can be read without reading the others) however they all play a part in the culmination of the Myth Arc and the defeating of the Big Bad. It's especially impressive considering the books were not written in (in-universe) chronological order.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians — the whole series is about preventing the rise of the Titans.
  • Robin Hobb's Realm of the Elderlings 'verse is split into, at present, four different series which in many ways are self-contained. Together, however, they make up one big Myth Arc about the return of the dragons and the White Prophet's quest.
  • Although most of the individual Shannara stories are relatively self-contained, two notable stories span multiple trilogies and multiple generations: the return of trust in science and the redemption of Grianne Ohmsford.
    • The "Old World Sciences" were twisted to corrupted means by both demons and the hearts of men in late twentieth century, and after nuclear fallout destroys much of the planet, science is disdained as The Magic Comes Back. This lasts from all of the prequels up through the end of The Heritage of Shannara, when ancient cyborg abominations are about all the reader sees of the old sciences. The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara trilogy features a more balanced look at science, featuring both the return of flight technologies with airships as a positive but also the A.I. Is a Crapshoot murderous computer Antrax. By the time of the final series, The Fall Of Shannara, a benevolent Mad Scientist and his weather-changing machine end up being the Four Land's greatest chance for peace on the edge of coming anhiliation.
    • Grianne Ohmsford's arc is a long, twisting, turning journey in and out of the Heel–Face Revolving Door. Highlights include serving as the titular antagonist of Ilse Witch, seeking redemption for her history as a killer in High Druid of Shannara trilogy, and eventually finding peace as a fairy creature... only to be subjected to an Unwanted Revival and being so pissed about it she's ready to raze the world with The Power of Hate as soon as she's finished being the Necessarily Evil in an Enemy Mine fight with her demonic would-be rapist in Witch Wraith. At long last, in The Fall Of Shannara, after lifetimes clinging to life and ultimately saving her distant niece from a murderous foe, the universe finally seems to deem Grianne worthy enough to return to peace and ultimately Go Out with a Smile.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire — the whole series is essentially covered by a story arc dealing with the troubles revolving the Kingdom's throne and who is to be the supreme ruler, and there's still no end in sight. Complicated by the fact that the story is a Deconstructor Fleet, and so even familiar Myth Arcs like The Chosen One or the Rightful King Returns aren't sure bets.
  • Umberto Eco's novels (The Name of the Rose, Foucault's Pendulum, The Island Of The Day Before, Baudolino, and The Mysterious Flame Of Queen Loana) supposedly form a Myth Arc, but rather infuriatingly, he never said what it was, and the connections are too subtle for anybody else to even begin to guess.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Alias was a otherwise straightforward Tuxedo and Martini spy drama, but also had a show-spanning Myth Arc involving a Leonardo da Vinci knockoff Renaissance inventor named Milo Rambaldi.
  • Originally intended to be an episodic supernatural-mystery-of-the-week series, Angel began developing a myth arc of its own with its first season finale, involving Angel and friends being pivotal players in an upcoming apocalypse.
  • Arrow has the flashbacks to Oliver's "five years in hell" when everyone thought he was dead and he learned the skills that led to him becoming the Hood/Arrow/Green Arrow. This concludes at the end of Season 5, which brings the story full circle with the final flashback scenes showing him being picked up off of Lian Yu by a fishing boat, as depicted in the very beginning of the series.
  • Babylon 5, as mentioned in the article itself, is one of the archetypical Myth Arcs, and often credited/blamed for the proliferation of Myth Arcs in science fiction shows since.
  • Both versions of Battlestar Galactica were arc-based, though elements thereof were made up on the fly; in the 2000s version, for example, the one-shot character Sam Anders was reintroduced into the arc 15 episodes after his first appearance, and became a recurring character in Season 3, because actress Katee Sackhoff (Starbuck) wanted her character to have a love interest. By season 4 it is fair to say that he has suddenly become absolutely vital to the ongoing (and soon to be ending) arc.
    • Before Sam Anders, another one-shot character who ended up being relatively fundamental to an ongoing plot point of Galactica is Karl "Helo" Agathon. Originally he was supposed to die abandoned in Caprica during the miniseries. The Powers that Be liked him enough to bring him back to eventually be the father of the shape of things to come, Hera, and occasionally the second in command of Galactica herself. Also, one of the few who managed to get a truly happy ending...well, if you consider living like a Luddite on the prehistoric savannas of Africa a frakking happy ending.
  • Burn Notice: Who burned Michael Westen? How can he get un-burned? Will he get un-burned at all? And who exactly is going about starting wars for the money?
  • Initially planned for a self-contained six-season overarching story that would be separated into three 'books' (two seasons per book), Carnivàle was a show that created analogues to Christian mysticism to tell a story about a battle between light and darkness that would usher in the eventual end of days with the conception of nuclear warfare, and was supposed to end with the first nuclear test, and its conclusion was predestined from the show's introduction ("And so it was until the day that a false sun exploded over Trinity, and man forever traded away wonder for reason."). HBO offered showrunner Daniel Knauf an opportunity to tie things up with a movie, but Knauf refused, and instead later released the initial 'Pitch Document', the original show notes on the show's expanding mythos which eventually came to be referred to by fans as the 'Carnivale Bible'. Instead, the first book - and by extension, the show as a whole - ended with Ben and Jonesy presumed dead, Sofie awakened as the Omega, Brother Justin seemingly revived, and no real development on the story's relation to nuclear proliferation.
  • In Castle, finding who killed Beckett's mother, and the organization behind him.
    • The 3XK plotline seems to be a second myth arc for the show.
  • The entire run of classic and new series Doctor Who has a few common threads running through; most notably, the premise of "Doctor who?" has varying surges of interest in different series; the new series has picked up on the mystery behind the Doctor's name again, with "Forest of the Dead" confirming that he actually has a real name. Whether or not these questions can be classed as arcs probably hinges upon whether they were ever intended to be answered.
  • Earth: Final Conflict was both loved and praised by its fans for its complicated, multidimensional and just way too convoluted arc. The writers were smart enough to make all things vague and open to personal interpretation to avoid an inevitable Series Continuity Error and mostly let the viewer himself discern right from wrong.
  • On Farscape, Crichton's efforts to return home to Earth, and the attempts by the Peacekeepers and Scarrans to gain access to the wormhole technology he's using to do it.
  • Fringe started off as a Monster of the Week show, with some mythology elements seeded in to keep the traditional J. J. Abrams crowd interested. Over time, however, the procedural elements have taken a definite backseat to the story arc. While there are still a fair number of episodes with a case of the week, often towards the middle of the season, the Myth Arc still tends to feature prominently in them.
  • How I Met Your Mother, unsurprisingly, all boils down to the story of how Ted met his future kids' mother.
  • The Legend of Dick and Dom has the quest to create the potion and return it to Fyredor.
  • The quirky Police Procedural Life was an example of the mixture idea: while each episode involved solving an individual Mystery of the Week, most episodes would also involve the main character's quest discover who arranged for him to be wrongfully convicted of murder. This story was left largely hanging by the series' abrupt cancellation. While, by the second season's finale, he had learned why he was framed, he had not learned who (and since the "why" was the second one claimed in as many seasons, that, too, could have been merely a Red Herring).
  • Lost has a Myth Arc built in, though it is a bone of contention as to whether the authors actually knew where they were headed or not. The official line from the creators is that they knew how they wanted to end the series, and how to direct the plotlines to get there. Now that it is over, debate rages as to whether the last season was a fulfillment of a proper Myth Arc or an Ass Pull.
  • The Mentalist has the mystery of finding out who the serial killer Red John is.
  • Monk: Finding out who murdered Trudy Monk.
  • Orphan Black goes hard with the Myth Arc, with the clones of "Project Leda" hunting to find out how and why they exist, while being under constant surveillance and threat of the Dyad Institute. Season 3 complicated this with the introduction of the male clones of Project Castor.
  • Person of Interest has a strong Myth Arc surrounding the Machine, the advanced surveillance supercomputer that identifies each episode's Victim of the Week for the protagonists to help. Most episodes flesh out a different aspect, either how it was created (via Finch's flashbacks), what various superpowers will do to obtain or control it (via Reese's flashbacks and several present-day stories) or just what the Machine has become capable of on its own.
  • Royal Pains: What's wrong with HankMed's mysterious benefactor, Boris? And what exactly was/is Eddie R. Lawson up to?
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine had the conflict with the Dominion; although the Dominion wasn't even mentioned for the first season, the claiming of the wormhole to the Gamma Quadrant in the pilot episode sets up this conflict.
  • While Supernatural is also a Monster of the Week show, the main ongoing plot-driven arc is tied directly into the long-term plans that a demon had for the Winchester family: specifically, Sam and Dean's attempts to figure out what those plans are and to thwart them. (With varying degrees of success. All four (five) of the Winchesters have had significant Nice Job Breaking It, Hero moments.) The first couple of seasons almost implied that Sam alone was key to the Myth Arc, but there were hints, such as the anvils dropped in "Faith" and "Houses Of The Holy" or the Yellow-Eyed Demon preferring to spend time breaking down/taunting Dean rather than Sam in both of their major confrontations, that suggested throughout that Dean was pretty important himself. Cue Seasons Four and Five and both brothers are held on an approximately equal level of importance in terms of the Myth Arc and neither of them wants the job.
    • Somehow, the four seasons that come after the Apocalypse is over manage to combine this trope and Story Arc by dealing with the fallout of the first five seasons through the use of several larger enemies that come in and make their move, most lasting only one season before being killed off. The writers even go back to previously-dropped plot threads from the first five seasons and expand on them, such as creating another prophet that isn't God in disguise this time.
  • Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles had a running Myth Arc regarding the characters preventing Skynet's creation and Judgment Day, though it also focuses on numerous subplots and a lot of personal character development.
  • The X-Files starts out as a semi-episodic Monster of the Week style mystery show but over time, it develops an overarching storyline concerning a government conspiracy and possible alien activity. Unfortunately, the arc wasn't resolved by the time of the final episode which ends revealing that all this abduction, conspiracy, alien stuff is linked to a possible full-on Alien Invasion.
  • White Collar: Who is the Man with the Ring? What happened/who killed Kate? And what will become of the music box?
  • Y Gwyll has the mystery about the abuse that happened at the Pontaryfynach children's home. The mystery stems from the first episode of season one to the final episode of season 3 (and the show as a whole).

    Multiple Media 
  • The Marvel Cinematic Universe has a long one, spanning 10 years, multiple companies and several mediums.
    • Phase-wise:
      • The arc started with Phase One, with Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and others fighting their own personal battles, but coming together to fight Loki and the Chitauri lead by Thanos.
      • Phase Two brought down SHIELD, fought Malekith, and saved Nova, culminating with fighting Ultron, a creation of Tony Stark gone wrong.
      • Phase Three ends an arc starting in The Avengers and ending in Endgame, plus others.
    • Arc-wise:
      • The Infinity Stones Arc started in Phase 1's The First Avenger (although it retroactively tied into Iron Man) with the Tesseract/Cosmic Cube, eventually shown to be the Space Stone. Phase 2 brought 3 more stones into acknowledgement; confirming Loki's Scepter was one of them in Avengers: Age of Ultron with two others showing up in Thor: The Dark World and Guardians of the Galaxy. This arc continues in Phase 3, with another stone subtly brought in via Doctor Strange (2016), and ending with the Infinity War.
      • The Avengers Arc starts in Phase 1 with Nick Fury trying to build the team, successfully doing so in the Avengers. The team disbanded at the end, but reformed to take out a Hydra Outpost, and due to Ultron had membership change and start to fracture. These fractures split the team apart fully in Captain America: Civil War, and the effects of this split can be felt throughout Phase 3.
      • The Hydra Arc starts in The First Avenger, cameoing in The Avengers, coming back in Winter Soldier and spilling into Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The show takes this and runs with it, tying it into its own arcs, such as Coulson's take over of SHIELD, and the Inhumans.
  • At its core, Star Wars details the rise and fall of various warring factions throughout the Galaxy's history. Various subseries within both the canon and Legends continuities have their own myth arcs as well.
    • The Original Trilogy chronicles the final years of the war between the Rebellion and the Galactic Empire. It also covers Luke's gradual evolution into a Jedi Knight, Han's debt to Jabba, and Darth Vader's gradual redemption.
    • The Prequel Trilogy details the war between The Republic and The Separatist Alliance, Anakin's fall from grace and rise as Darth Vader, and Palpatine's gradual ascension from seemingly benevolent senator to Galactic Emperor.
      • Star Wars: The Clone Wars fills in the gaps between episodes II and III and covers the bulk of the actual war, which was somewhat glossed over in the movies themselves, in addition to fleshing out Anakin and Palpatine's arcs from the trilogy. Other arcs include Ahsoka's desire to prove herself as a Jedi Knight and Obi-Wan's feud with Darth Maul.
    • The Sequel Trilogy covers the war between the Resistance and the First Order.
    • Star Wars Rebels has the liberation of Lothal from the tyranny of the Empire.
    • The New Jedi Order series is a nineteen-book Myth Arc detailing the apocalyptic war between the New Republic and the invading Yuuzhan Vong.
    • Star Wars Resistance has Kaz and his allies' efforts to keep The Colossus from falling into the hands of The First Order.

  • Ayreon did this, though not chronologically, with the story of Humanity from Planet Y to 2084.
  • Frank Zappa did this with his music; he had a massive stockpile of cultural references, injokes, and musical riffs which he repeatedly drew from over his thirty-year career.
  • Coheed and Cambria's music is one enormous myth arc.
    • Complete with a tie-in comic book. Written by Claudio Sanchez himself!
  • Craig Finn's bands, Lifter Puller and The Hold Steady both contain myth-arcs of a sort.
  • Brave Saint Saturn's three albums all told a single story about a manned mission to Saturn that went awry.
  • Rhapsody of Fire tells the tale of the defeat of Nekron through most of their albums.
  • Marilyn Manson's late 90s albums, Antichrist Superstar, Mechanical Animals and Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) are a trilogy according to Manson, exploring the relationship between death and fame. What's more, Holy Wood is apparently the prequel, despite coming last. The themes of gun violence and celebrity culture in America are still returned to periodically in Manson's latter-day albums.

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    Professional Wrestling 
  • CHIKARA puts a heavy emphasis on continuity, with events from years earlier still affecting what's going on today. In fact, one of the most important matches to CHIKARA's history didn't even take place in CHIKARA. It was Mike Quackenbush defeating Chris Hero at IWA Mid-South Ted Petty Invitational 2004 Night I, September 17, 2004. At CHIKARA Tag World Grand Prix 2005 Night III, February 20, 2005, Claudio Castagnoli and Arik Cannon defeated The SuperFriends (Quack and Hero) in the final when Hero turned rudo on Quack. Hero mentioned the 2004 match and how Quack had always wanted to make it to the final of a tournament and how he, Hero, took all that away from him. This would be followed by Hero, Castagnoli and Cannon officially naming themselves The Kings of Wrestling at Remain In Light on March 18th, who would be the dominant rudos over the next two years. Then you have everything that followed Quack introducing the CHIKARA Special at Aniversario? on May 26, 2007, including the Eye of Tyr, The UnStable, Die Bruderschaft des Kreuzes, The Batiri and SO MUCH MORE!

    Video Games 
  • The Assassin's Creed series appears on the surface to be a Stealth-Based Game where you play as a badass who murders a lot of people with a fancy knife. Fair enough, but the series also contains a Framing Story that is largely omitted from the advertising: these ancient lives are being relived in the present day first by a man named Desmond Miles and then by a variety of anonymous characters, who are using a device called the Animus to access a VR simulation of Genetic Memory. This comes about as the culmination of a millennia-long Secret War between the Templars and Assassins over the right to control humanity's future. The war is focused on a series of artifacts left behind by The Ones Who Came Before, an ancient civilization that created humankind before dying in some kind of catastrophe. Further, said civilization foresaw their doom and left behind messages embedded in these artifacts, as well as a special genetic legacy, all in an attempt to Fling a Light into the Future. Some did so to prevent The End of the World as We Know It from happening again, and one so to revive herself and conquer the future. All of human history is a carefully crafted lie designed to conceal this struggle, as is revealed in cryptic "Truth" puzzles throughout the games, and modern day cutscenes/playable sections has you view/play moments in the modern day part of the war.
  • The Ben Jorden Paranormal Investigator series has one, though it's so well-hidden and integrated into the cases that you probably won't notice it at all until Case 7.
  • Baldur's Gate revolves around the origins of the protagonist, and the entire nature versus nurture debate. It's revealed in the last instalment Gorion grabbed the hero instead of Sarevok, despite the two children lying so close to each other implying Sarevok and the protagonist aren't so different.
  • In place for the Modern Warfare trilogy, about Soap's rise, adventures, and death. The entirety of Call of Duty will become this if there's the possible Black Ops-Modern Warfare crossover hinted at by intel at the end of Black Ops.
    • With the advent of Black Ops 2 this connection between Modern Warfare and Black Ops has been proven false. However the Black Ops series has its own Myth Arc comprising of World at War, Black Ops, and Black Ops 2 with Viktor Reznov's life and death being the single main entity connecting the 3 games.
  • Although the early Castlevania games featured fairly self-contained stories about members of the Belmont clan fighting Dracula, later a millennium-spanning myth arc about Dracula's various lives and deaths was gradually revealed. The arc covers how Dracula rose above mortality to become the vampiric Lord of Darkness in the middle ages and why the Belmonts are sworn to oppose him, how the Belmonts mysteriously vanished during the early 19th century and a roster of other heroes such as the witch Shanoa, and even the son of a character from the original novel battled Dracula instead, how the Belmonts triumphantly returned in 1999 to destroy Dracula for good, and how Dracula is reincarnated as a boy who uses the demonic power he was born with to battle others who wish to use it for evil like his past life did.
  • The relatively minor Morrigan/Flemeth plot in Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II, especially after Flemeth's cryptic remarks in the second game and Morrigan's Sequel Hook at the end of Witch Hunt, suggest that the entire saga of seemingly unrelated tales is being set up as a massive Gambit Roulette war between the two. Dragon Age: Inquisition and its DLC's made it even funnier by introducing the conflict of Solas/Fen'Harel with Evanuris, false gods of elven pantheon (they actually were over-powered and Ax-Crazy elves), Flemeth being a vengeful shard of Mythal, and the mysterious species of Sha-Brytol who serve to even more mysterious species of Titans that might be the source of lirium. Geez.
  • Fallout is building up a decent Myth Arc and it will be interesting to see what parts of it are carried on into New Vegas — there are two main strands to this: firstly the story of how the world ended up the way it did, and how the Government with its Crapsaccharine Vault experiments became the Enclave which is encountered by the PC in 2 and 3, and had its sticky little fingers in the FEV virus you discover in 1. Secondly, the story is about how the world is on the road to some kind of recovery — in every game so far, the world has been slightly more built-up, less sparsely populated and a little less crapsack than the last, and the player can affect this progress; hindering by destroying entire settlements or helping by improving the ones that exist. Each game also gives you the chance to help Harold, who is, if you keep him alive in Fallout 3, pretty much the only way the desert will ever become green again. All of this makes gritty little Fallout one of the most idealistic video games out there, in an Earn Your Happy Ending kind of way.
    • Fallout: New Vegas in particular has a Myth Arc in its DLC involving Ulysses, the original courier who was to deliver the Platinum Chip who has some past history with the Courier. Their final confrontation is the entire point of the DLC Lonesome Road.
      • Lonesome Road is just the end of the myth arc, as Ulysses is mentioned as early as the second town visited in the main game, and mentioned several times after. He follows you around for the majority of the main game, and you follow him for the majority of the DLC. To elaborate: Ulysses and Courier 6 inadvertently cause all of the main plots of the DLC and the main game: Courier 6 is the one responsible for the destruction of the Divide (the setting of Lonesome Road), following which Ulysses travels to Utah and trains the White Legs to destroy New Canaan and the Burned Man (who reappears, along with the White Legs, in Honest Hearts). Ulysses then made his way to the Big MT (setting of Old World Blues) and met with Elijah and Christine, among others, of the Brotherhood of Steel. He then sent the former to the Sierra Madre (where he meets Courier 6, becoming the villain of Dead Money, which takes place in the Sierra Madre). He then talks to the Think Tank of the Big MT and convinces them to remember their history and retake America, thus setting in motion the events of Old World Blues. After all this, he initially signs up to deliver the Platinum Chip until he notices Courier 6's name next on the list, and has him/her deliver it instead, hoping that it will kill him (which sets in motion the main game's plot: if not for Ulysses, Courier 6 wouldn't have delivered the chip, been ambushed by Benny and the Great Khans, shot in the head, and so on). He then returns to the Divide to, when it becomes clear Courier 6 has survived the delivery, take his revenge (which is the plot of Lonesome Road).
    • Fans have theorized that the series is leading up to a final clash between the ever-expanding New California Republic and the authoritarian technocracy that is the Eastern Brotherhood of Steel. Keeping in line with the themes of war never changing, this would likely level the US once more.
  • From version 2.0, A Realm Reborn, to version 6.0, Endwalker, Final Fantasy XIV follows a long plot about the Ascians and their plans for a rejoining. While each expansion has their own stories, they all tie in with the overarching plot in some form.
  • The Five Nights at Freddy's series has a series long arc surrounding the tragic incidents that happened at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, as well as the aftermath that led to the infamous Hostile Animatronics and other incidents elsewhere.
  • The story proper of Granblue Fantasy revolves around the heroes' quest to reach Estalucia, the Island of the Astrals, which involves having to find the piece of the Sky Map. However, the Sky Map search is put on hold halfway through the first arc after the Black Knight is arrested and it becomes clear the Erste Empire can't be ignored. After the first arc ends, the Sky Map search continues.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
    • First was the "Xehanort Saga", which centers around an elderly Keyblade master named Xehanort trying to open Kingdom Hearts in an attempt to remake the universe into something greater (under the logic that when Kingdom Hearts was opened after the Keyblade War, the world was renewed even grander than it had been before). Just about every game centers around one incarnation or another of Xehanort trying to accomplish this end, or setting up all of the pieces. The only odd ones out were the mobile game, Chain of Memories, and coded.
    • Now, however, the mobile game seems to have served the purpose of establishing a new myth arc involving the Master of Masters and his six apprentices. It was also tied into the first arc by virtue of one of these six apprentices passing down the Master of Masters' Keyblade to his apprentice, and it would eventually wind up in Xehanort's hands, as well as eventually being revealed to be Xigbar.
  • King's Quest VI revealed that all of the Evil Sorcerors of the series were part of a Nebulous Evil Organization called the Society of the Black Cloak. While this revelation never actually went anywhere, fangames picked up on it, with the Society taking direct action in The Silver Lining, and the AGD remakes of King's Quest II and King's Quest III having the events of the game orchestrated by an Evil Sorceror (wearing the traditional black cloak) named The Father, who's also implied to be responsible for Graham's illness that kicks off the plot of King's Quest IV.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Nearly every game in the series revolves around the Triforce, and the conflict between Ganon and Link & Zelda. Ganon/Ganondorf remains a singular entity (alternate reality versions aside), but each time Ganon/dorf returns, Link and Zelda will appear to do battle with him. We've had origin stories, ending stories, and everything in between, but this conflict is the definitive conflict of the series.
  • The Mass Effect series is essentially one big story arc concerning the Normandy's battles against the Reapers with a bunch of little subplots and side stories tossed in between, such as the quarian/geth war, Cerberus and their schemes, and the increasing bigotry amongst the various races of the universe.
  • Metal Gear. Now, about Metal Gear... though there's a school of thought that Kojima was just making it up and retconning as he went along. Reportedly, he wanted to end the series with Metal Gear Solid, but got pressured into continuing. Taking four whole games on 3 different consoles to setup and resolve the Patriots arc might be his way of getting revenge, and even after that the overarching story was expanded on through prequels.
  • The Might and Magic games have individual plots that are quite simple and a much more complex plot that spans the entire series as well alternating with the Heroes of Might and Magic spinoff series. Playing the entire franchise in the fiction's chronological order can be very interesting as all the pieces of the puzzle click together.
    • Heroes of Might and Magic V, its addons, and Dark Messiah together form another Myth Arc.
    • There were exceptions: Heroes II's expansion were unconnected to the rest (indeed, not even all the campaigns in the expansion appears to take place in the same world), Might and Magic IX dropped the thread that had bound all RPG Might and Magic games up to thennote , and Heroes IV's expansions were more-or-less only connected via taking place on the same world as Heroes IV, away from both Heroes IV's and Might and Magic IX's settings and stories.
  • The Metroid Prime Trilogy follows a story arc centered around the radioactive mutagen known as Phazon: The first game introduces Phazon in the dying world of Tallon IV and also showed the downfall of the Chozo civilization and the attempts of the Space Pirates to mine it; the second showed a planet locked in perpetual dimensional flux due to a Phazon meteor impact; the third had the Space Pirates launch an all-out war against The Federation, an act which brought to light the source of all Phazon.
  • The Touhou Project games from Mountain of Faith to Hopeless Masquerade is informally dubbed "Kanako Saga", "Religion Arc", or more jokingly "Moriya Shrine Conspiracy arc". The other games have mostly standalone plots, but the games in this arc are usually caused by something that happens in a previous game, with each game introducing a new religious faction in Gensokyo.
    • In addition to that, there's also the activities of the Renko and Maribel of the Sealing Club from the music CDs. Despite being set 20 Minutes into the Future, they are heavily implied to have some sort of connection to present day Gensokyo. Renko shares a family name with Sumireko Usami, a character from the present and the club's founder, while Maribel bears an uncanny resemblance to Yukari in appearance, ability, and fashion sense.
  • The Trails Series are organized into arcs that each tell long, but fairly self contained stories grouped by the countries where they take place. Playing each game across the series however, reveals an even more in-depth plot about the overarching threat of Ouroboros attempting to claim the Sept-Terrion artifacts to enact their mysterious "Orpheus Final Plan". There's also a secondary arc concerning the social and technological changes sweeping across the Zemurian continent following the Orbal Revolution and the incident in Liberl.

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

    Web Original 
  • Board James started out as a simple series of board game reviews, created by James Rolfe as a counterpart for the Angry Video Game Nerd, but over time it developed a shocking complex myth arc. To sum up, Board James is a murderer who was sentenced to death before the first episode. What at first appears to be him playing board games with his friends is actually him wandering through an afterlife which is shaped by his own subconscious. Although he can't remember his previous life, his murderous nature gradually asserts itself and he starts killing his "friends" over and over, sending them into deeper layers of the afterlife until they eventually develop enough self-awareness to realize they can fight back.
  • KateModern, though whether they manage to resolve it before the show ends remains to be seen.
  • Marble Hornets is one big storyline involving Jay's attempts to figure out what happened to Alex, who the Operator is, and how the Masked Men and totheark are linked to him.
  • Charles Matthias's Metamor Keep stories start out as slice-of-life stories involving mostly anthro rats dealing with prejudice and self-loathing at the Keep, but starting with his Second Cycle, all of his characters and subplots become connected to a much more global plot: the corruption of Chateau Marzac.
  • Some would argue that this is where Red vs. Blue has progressed towards, primarily involving Project Freelancer.
  • RWBY originally started off with Team RWBY fighting against crime lord Roman Torchwick, before learning of an even greater conspiracy involving all of Remnant. From that point onward, RWBY and their allies must assist Ozpin in his war against the mysterious Salem, as they uncover the truth of Remnant's history and attempt to stay together in spite of the horrors they see.
  • The major myth arc of Worm focuses on the nature of parahuman powers and an impending apocalypse.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers was one of the first Western animated series to attempt this back in 1986, with an arching Myth Arc about the League's war with the Crown Empire, and several Story Arcs that tied into it, like the kidnapping of Zachary's wife, the botched Supertrooper project (with resulting fallout), and the League's attempt to get the aid of Tarkon.
  • Adventure Time was at first revealed by Word of God that it takes place in a post-apocalyptic Sugar Bowl, but as Cerebus Syndrome started kicking in so did Continuity Creep and now there are multiple episodes that directly relate to the apocalypse as well its effect on the characters; additionally cosmic forces have been hinted on, with the Cosmic Owl who has made appearances as early as season one and has finally made his proper debut in the season five premiere. After the introduction of The Multiverse it is implied that the cosmic forces will appear again.
  • American Dad! has the saga of Roger's jewel encrusted golden turd, and how it passes from person to person, corrupting them with its power.
  • Amphibia: Anne's quest to find a way home and Andreas' plans to conquer Earth.
  • Archer: A recurring mystery throughout the series is the identity of Archer's biological father.
    • The Will They or Won't They? dynamic between Archer and Lana has had quite a lot of focus and build up since the beginning.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: the Avatar mastering Water, Earth, and Fire, and saving the world.
    • While The Legend of Korra plays with separate story arcs and different villains, they are all interconnected by the consequences of the battles with the villains. Each story arc is also connected by Korra's journey in understanding what it means to be the avatar in a world that does not seem to want the avatar any longer. Finally, the overall arc is about Korra learning about how to be more human as well, balancing her life as both an avatar and human.
  • The 2006 revival of Biker Mice from Mars had the main premise of Throttle, Vinnie, and Modo looking for Stoker so that they can use his invention the regenerator to end their planet's drought while fighting off against the Catatonians and Ronaldo Rump, who both want the regenerator for their own evil purposes. By the end of the series, the Catatonians and Ronaldo Rump are defeated for good, and aside from one final conflict between the Nomad Rats, the plan to use the regenerator to end Mars' drought goes off without a hitch, but at the presumed cost of the life of Vinnie's old girlfriend Harley, who wrongfully accused the Biker Mice of abandoning her before finally coming to her senses.
  • Bojack Horseman: Bojack's attempts at reviving his career and becoming a better person.
  • Clone High supposedly had one involving the Secret Board of Shadowy Figures sending the clones off to high school in an attempt to breed a super intelligent clone army. Also Principal Scudworth planned on stealing the clones to create his dream project: Cloney island. Due to the series tragically being Cut Short, little progress was made on either.
  • Franz Hopper and the history behind Lyoko, X.A.N.A. and the supercomputer is the Myth Arc of Season 2 of Code Lyoko.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door has the ongoing conflict between adults and kids.
  • Disney's Doug has Doug and Skeeter occasionally visiting Lucky Duck Lake in an attempt to discover if a monster exists in there (a nod to the legendary Loch Ness Monster). The monster itself finally makes an appearance in The Movie and plays an important role.
  • In DuckTales (2017), the first two seasons dealt with the mystery of Della Duck, the first season dealing with what happened to her and the second season dealing with her return and the aftermath of it.
  • Exo Squad, with its ongoing story of the war spanning the entire solar system between the human ExoFleet and the Neosapien uprising, has drawn frequent comparisons to Mobile Suit Gundam and Anime/Robotech.
  • Futurama has three notable ones: Fry's role as the savior of the universe and what that has to do with him winding up in the future, the relationship between him and Leela, and Leela trying to find out where she came from and whether or not her birth parents are still alive. Did I mention this is a comedy?
  • Gravity Falls had such an arc, though it didn't come to the forefront until season two.note  The show's first season revolved around learning the secrets of the show before the second season narrowed in on the goal of uncovering the identity of the Author of the Journals and...well, the series wrapped up with an apocalypse if you want to know how things escalated from there...
  • Green Lantern: The Animated Series has one despite having only 1 season. Namely, it's about Razer learning to be a better hero.
  • Iron Man: Armored Adventures is a rare superhero cartoon example of where there's a set goal from the very first episode the heroes are trying to obtain, and all the following episodes develop towards that goal in one form or another.
  • Jackie Chan Adventures: The team's efforts to stop Shendu from regaining power.
  • Justice League Unlimited had the Cadmus arc, which involved quite a bit of Arc Welding from the second season episode "A Better World", as well as two episodes from Superman: The Animated Series, which had originally aired eight years prior. The writers hadn't originally planned for it, but were able to make it work spectacularly well.
  • Kim Possible: Ron's development with Mystical Monkey Power.
  • Legends of Chima: The war between the various tribes over possession of the CHI.
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot: As the title indicates, the story focuses on Jenny trying to balance between living like a normal teenager with her responsibilities as a superhero.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Season 3 takes the show's Once per Episode conceit of the Mane Six ponies, Twilight Sparkle in particular, learning lessons of friendship to Myth Arc level when it is revealed in the season 3 premiere that all of Twilight's lessons were designed to build her up as an alicorn princess of Equestria.
  • Zigzagged with Ninjago. For the first two seasons, there is a clear overarching story, specifically, the Ninja's efforts to defeat Lord Garmadon. There is also the conflict with Lloyd and the various Snake armies, the emergence of The Overlord, and the prophecy that one of the Ninja will go on to become The Green Ninja, all of which tie into the aforementioned main plot. However, all of these plot threads are rather neatly tied up by the end of the second season, with very little in the way of loose ends. Originally, this was meant to be the end of the show; it was Un-Cancelled after a rather unexpected outpouring from fans. Since then, each season has revolved around one specific threat that is dealt with by the season's end. Nevertheless, the show maintains a strong sense of continuity, with the events of each season having long-lasting consequences.
  • Over the Garden Wall revolves around Wirt and Gregory's attempts to get back home, while evading both The Beast and The Woodsman. There is also the Driving Question of exactly what the Unknown is.
  • The Owl House: The show is mostly a slice of life dark fantasy comedy about a young girl adjusting to life in a magical Death World until the end of season 1, which introduces a Sorcerous Overlord who plots to take the heroes' portal to Earth for unknown nefarious purposes. Season 2 then has the majority of the episodes be about the fallout of Luz destroying the portal, as well as Belos' further schemes.
  • The Pirates of Dark Water was doing this back in the early 90s, with the entire series focused on obtaining the Thirteen Treasures of Rue to stop the titular Dark Water. Sadly, it was before its time and was canceled after only 8 of the 13 treasures had been found.
  • Roswell Conspiracies: Aliens, Myths and Legends has one involving Nick's father's disappearance, but hints of a greater arc begin to show as the series progresses. It eventually culminates with an Alien Invasion by a race known as the Shadoen, which requires the Aliiance and all the aliens on Earth to work together.
  • The main premise of Samurai Jack is about the titular character searching for a way to go back to his proper time in the distant past and defeat Aku in order to undo the Bad Future the evil being has caused. The 2017 revival also has its own Myth Arc where Jack has been stuck in the future for 50 years and has to get himself back to focusing on his goal to vanquish Aku.
  • Scooby-Doo:
    • The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo: The gang's efforts to stop each of the titular ghosts.
    • The mysteries and conspiracies surrounding the original Mystery Crew and the curse of Crystal Cove drives the entirety of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated. It follows an episodic structure but each episode drives the main storyline forward in some way.
  • The Secret Saturdays develops a Myth Arc concerning the hunt for Kur and the battle against Argost. The first few seasons alternate between episodic adventures and episodes that furthered the main storyline but the final season largely abandoned this approach and almost all episodes in that season are used to tie up all the loose ends and set up the Grand Finale.
  • Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea centered around the protagonists' search for a way to keep the titular Sun from dying and destroying the underground civilization of Arcadia. The show lasted only two seasons, and was ended when the heroes eventually discovered the truth behind the Sun and what was needed to save the people of Arcadia.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil has the underlying Mewman-Monster conflict that was hinted throughout the first two seasons, before becoming a major plot thread in the third season onwards.
  • Steven Universe: The show gradually progressed from seemingly isolated Monster of the Week adventures towards an interconnected storyline following the first season's Mid-Season Twist, leading to a Genre Shift from Urban Fantasy to Science Fantasy in addition to the story shifting to center on the ramifications of the Great Gem War and how Steven can work to resolve the remaining issues that resulted from his mother's actions.
  • Sym-Bionic Titan appeared to be this, having little bits of information revealed at a time in non-chronological order, which makes it rather irritating that the complicated plot they got going is being wrapped up hastily in four episodes, due to cancellation.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) has several long-running story threads that last throughout the show's entire five-season run. Circumstances involving the Turtles' origins, the backstory of Splinter and Shredder, April's alien hybrid status and the Kraang's involvement with human history are important story elements the are frequently expanded upon, and because aliens, mysticism and even time travel exist in this universe there are many, many variables. Furthermore, the stakes grow larger and the layers of the universe are further expanded upon after every season of the show, starting in New York City and eventually going into space.
  • Transformers: Animated: most episodes, especially in the first two seasons, feature the Autobots battling the Monster of the Week and learning An Aesop, but there's also the ongoing storyline of Megatron returning from his exile (and supposed death) and attempting to conquer Cybertron. Most of Megatron's plans involve the Allspark, an immensely powerful Plot Device which drives the plot whenever Megatron isn't, and tied directly to the Allspark is the story arc of Sari Sumdac trying to unravel the secrets of her mysterious origins. There's also Optimus Prime and Sentinel Prime's rivalry, which unfolds in the present and through flashbacks across all three seasons.
  • Wander over Yonder has two: Firstly, there's Lord Hater's gradual character development from a Galactic Conqueror into a more heroic figure, and then there's the efforts to stop Lord Dominator from destroying the galaxy.
  • Winx Club has Bloom's origins and the search for her parents. In season 1 she learns she is the princess of the now dead planet Domino and has the mythical Dragon Flame, which is the source of her powers. It takes a backseat during season 2, where she continues to study her past. It takes front stage during season 3, particularly in fighting Valtor, who fought her parents during the fall of Domino and may know something about their fate. In the first movie, The Secret of the Lost Kingdom, she manages to revive Domino and reunite with her birth parents. The second movie Magical Adventure, deals with her getting to know her parents while finishing off the Ancestral Witches who destroyed Domino in the first place. Afterwards, the myth arc is done and is not part of the plot aside from a few references in seasons 4 and beyond.
  • The Venture Bros.:
    • Dr. Venture trying to live up to his father's legacy (despite constant failures) and coming to terms with his Hilariously Abusive Childhood at the hands of said father.
    • The Monarch's burning hatred of Dr. Venture, and his efforts to remain his arch-enemy, rising through the ranks of the Guild of Calamitous Intent and going from a joke villain to a genuine threat.
    • Hank and Dean coming to grips with the fact that they're clones, and developing into very different people once their father runs out of replacements (and they themselves stop dying).
  • Young Justice has a running plot thread. It involves the Light: A collection of DC Supervillains with a goal to make Earth a galactic superpower. Season 1 was about finding a way to make Earth noticed, while Season 2 was about undermining one of their "partners", and Season 3 deals with metahuman trafficking that plagues the galaxy.