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3WSR is a roleplay/story based on Thomas & Friends. However, most of the series focuses on its signature characters, the Colorfolk, a group of magic-powered individuals who either defend or invade Sodor. It gets weirder from there. Expect No Fourth Wall and a lot of randomosity.

The forum it is based on is here: 3wsr.proboards.com


Sodor: Lost Tales contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: Parodied. Apparently they aren't the actual sewers, though.
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  • All There in the Manual: Many supplementary stories have been written to flesh out the backstories of various characters, factions, and locations.
  • Artifact Title: 3WSR stands for "Three Word Story Revolution". It started out as a game under that name on a different forum. When it became popular enough to move to its own forum, they kept the name.
  • Ascended Extra: Man In White, Man In Silver, Man In Gold, and Man In Yellow had much smaller roles in their debut.
    • VEC as a whole, particularly Chaos.
    • Suleiman and Balor have become very prominent recently.
  • Author Avatar: The Authors themselves appear as characters later on, although recently they've only appeared as jokes or for meta discussion.
  • Blessed with Suck: Man In Capri can use magic- but whatever spell he casts traps him under a fishbowl. During the flashback, it's implied that his entire lineage has this problem.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Initially subverted, then played straight, by the Man In Blue.
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  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: At one point, Man In Infrared breaks a literal fourth wall, but Goes Mad From The Revelation when he looks across it.
  • Cannot Spit It Out
    • Man In Blue to Woman In Blue. Justified in that he was afraid their children would destroy each other.
    • Man In Yellow to Woman In Yellow.
  • The Chessmaster: Chessmaster is named after this trope, although The Guild Of Death might be a better example.
  • Continuity Lock-Out: It can be hard to follow the story, what with various retcons, contradictions, asides, and the fact that most of the early game was deleted.
  • Demoted to Extra
    • The Sodor characters (minus the TUGS and Numbered Diesels) have been much less prominent lately.
    • Most of the colorfolk are out of focus for extended periods of time. Virtually everyone except Man In Steel is susceptible to this. ** Since the VEC has so many named characters, only a few are in focus at a time. Inferno is a noteworthy example.
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  • Double Agent: Quinn betrays VEC on Elbaf.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Guild Of Death, anyone?
  • Hive Mind: Hivemind, unsurprisingly.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: There are over 1300 colormen, and an equal amount of colormen. Plus all the Colorfolk ancestors, although thankfully only a small fraction will ever appear. There's probably close to 100 named characters in VEC, and at least 30 in SOM, and another 30+ in GOD/PIC. Then there's 3000 Presuisoltians...
  • No Fourth Wall: Whatsoever.
  • Retcon
    • Man In Pink's backstory was changed from just a lonely wanderer who was related to Tom Tipper to a fierce rebel who was kicked from his adoptive gypsy family after coming out as trans, and now seems to have been retconned again into him leaving for a different reason.
    • Basically everything to do with both the old and new Woman In Orange.
    • Thomas Gold's backstory and what he was doing after the Bronze Mage arc were both hugely retconned for the Steamlin Arc.
    • Billy being converted into "ROBOT CHARLIE 2.0" was also retconned by him becoming Steamlin instead.
  • Running Gag:
    • One of the Colorfolk's spells turns people's pants into rockets. Naturally, it's their most used spell.
    • Man In Capri, no matter what spell he tries to cast, ends up trapped in a giant fishbowl.
    • Someone will say something totally random, then quickly follow it up with "Just making sure you're still awake".
    • Man In Baby Blue being made fun of for his name.
    • (After something strange happens) "Huh, my horoscope was right."
    • Trying to guess Diesel 11's real name. Eventually revealed to be David D'levin.
    • The "Gift Of Carrot" and "Tale Of Tail". Due to how much foreshadowing surrounds it, may double as Chekhov's Gag.
    • Percy Silver being incompetent.
    • Hessenhessen and Hossenhossen's quest to "slay the demon engines".
  • Shout-Out: Not only is this series set in the Thomas and Friends universe, it also references a number of other franchises.
    • SOM's prison is named Impel Down, there is a fabled island called Elbaf, and various minor characters are named after characters from One Piece, as well as a handful of other animes.
    • Randomly inserting Darkwing Duck into a scene has become a running gag.
    • Metal bands and lyrics get namedropped weirdly often. There's even a character named Anthrax Slayer, "The Megadeth Pirate Of The Metallica Seas".
    • A minor character is named Deathnote.
    • There was a minor character named Dr Michaela Quinn, after Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. Then her first name got retconned to Michelle and she was revealed to be a GOD spy, increasing her prominence significantly.
  • Take That!: Towards a lot of disliked Thomas and Friends characters and episodes.
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Evil: The Colorfolk and VEC eventually team up against SOM.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Percy Silver.
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