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The second instalment in the Tales of Arcadia trilogy, 3Below follows the adventures of two alien royals, Aja and Krel of House Tarron fleeing a coup on their homeworld of Akiridion-5. Accompanied by General Varvatos Vex, the royals hide out on the planet Earth in the small town of Arcadia.

Tropes used in 3Below include:
  • 0% Approval Rating: Morando does not seem very popular with the common citizen. His rating were alright at first but his policies quickly led to just about everyone retaining loyalty to the exiled royal family.
  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • "Mother's Day" is narrated by MOTHER and focuses on her observation of the characters.
    • "Luug's Day Out" has quite more focus on Luug.
  • A God Am I: Morando absorbs Gaylen's core in the Season 2 finale and gains godly power but is defeated before he can really do anything with it.
  • Action Girl:
    • Zadra.
    • Aja is getting there.
  • Alien Invasion: Morando's forces invade Arcadia in the finale.
  • Aliens of London: Stuart and Zarda.
  • Aliens Speaking English: Deconstructed. They can speak it just fine. Understanding its idioms is another matter entirely.
  • Aliens Steal Cable: Because Varvatos has nothing better to do with his time.
  • Aliens Steal Cattle: The Zeron Brotherhood has a cow on their ship for no adequately explained reason.
  • Amazon Chaser: Steve starts crushing on Aja after she throughly kicks his ass.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Toby has met Trolls but doubts the existence of aliens.
  • Are We There Yet?: The Royals during the flight to the moon.
  • Ascended Extra: Several of Arcadia's background characters, most prominently Stuart.
  • The Atoner: Varvatos shut the shields down and allowed Morando to attack. He was promised no casualties and is protecting the Royals out of shame for what he allowed to happen.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology:
    • The Akiridions are Starfish Aliens whose "life cores" are held within a solid energy form. They have fingers but no toes, how many eyes they have varies, and the royals have four arms instead of two.
    • Cindorites are Mechanical Lifeforms that are virtually indestructible and incorporate magma into their biology.
    • Voltrarians are electrothermal lifeforms who can turn themselves into electrical currents and hitch rides on power lines.
    • Durians are made of hardened slime and have six hearts.
  • Black Comedy: Like its predecessor, the show enjoys describing painful and drawn out death in detail.
  • Blood Knight: Varvatos.
  • Brother-Sister Team: Aja and Krel.
  • Bounty Hunter: Morando sends a gaggle of them after the Royals.
  • Casual Interstellar Travel: Well if your engines work. The timeframe is somewhat more realistic than most, with even a trip to the moon taking a day.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Some episodes of Trollhunters appear as Funny Background Events in the first season.
    • Mary mentions "Jim Lake Disease" only for Darci to remind her that that wasn't real.
    • Strickler and Barbara cameo in "Mother's Day" taking care of the liberated Changeling Familiars.
  • Continuity Snarl: The Mothership crashes in broad daylight. Trollhunters suggested that it had crashed during the night.
  • Cool Gate: Such technology on a large scale is still beyond Akiridion technology but Krel manages to jury-rig one.
  • Crossover: "D'aja Vu" with Trollhunters (logically taking place between "Bad Coffee" and "So I'm Dating a Sorceress"). Might technically form a Crossover Alternate Universe as the day is undone at the end.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Given that it seems to be his Berserk Button, Señor Uhl appears to have faced discrimination over his immigrant status in the past. He also mentions having lost the people that he loves.
  • Death Equals Redemption: At the very end of her life, Kubritz realizes that Aja is trustworthy and dies after having given the princess a chance to regain her strength.
  • Demoted to Extra: While Toby, Steve, Eli and AAARRRGGHH!!! still have big roles to play, Jim, Claire and Blinky do not.
  • Do-Anything Robot: The Blanks.
  • Explosive Breeder: The Foo-Foos.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Despite The Unmasqued World, Area 49-B failed to notice the Trolls openly walking around Arcadia.
  • The Fifties: All of MOTHER's information on Earth is sixty years out of date causing their disguised house to look like it came from the fifties. Everyone comments on the "retro" theme.
  • Fish Out of Water: The Akiridions stand out like sore thumbs given their lack of understanding relating to human idioms.
  • Flying Saucer: Stuart's ship.
  • Framing Device: Aja is telling the whole story to the townsfolk of Arcadia.
  • For Want of a Nail: Aja believes that if she'd been on time to the ceremony, then it would have ended earlier and her parents would have made it to the palace in time. Krel dissuades this notion.
  • Foregone Conclusion: As "In Good Hands" already established that the Royals and Trollhunters don't know each other, everyone's memories will be wiped at the end of "D'aja Vu."
  • Foreshadowing: In "Collision Course", Vex mentions that the Zeron Brotherhood killed his family and the King didn't support his glorious revenge.
  • Galactic Conqueror: Morando aspires to be one.
  • Genre Shift: Trollhunters was fantasy. This is sci-fi.
  • Going Native: Stuart, after having been on Earth for decades. He frequently uses Earth slang that the Akiridions don't get.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: Morando's forces are Red and Black and Evil All Over while the Royals are blue and white.
  • Groundhog Day Loop: "D'aja Vu."
  • Hartman Hips: Zadra.
  • Here We Go Again: Steve at the end when Archie recruits him, Toby and AAARRRGGHH!!! to help save the world.
  • Hero of Another Story: The Trollhunters in Season 1.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • MOTHER gives up her life to stabilize the royal cores.
    • The first thing that the King and Queen do when they awake is give up their lives to end Morando.
  • Hidden Depths:
  • Higher-Tech Species: The Akiridions seem to be the most advanced species in the galaxy.
  • Horde of Alien Locusts: The skeltegs, a Self-Duplicating electrovore species.
  • Hubworld: The moon has an interstellar waystation that bounty hunters use to refuel and trade war stories.
  • Humanity Ensues: The specifics are not elaborated on but the Royals and Varvatos don't just slip on holograms. Their disguises have all the disadvantages of a human body compared to their natural forms.
  • Humans Need Aliens: Even though Aja and Krel are the cause for all the alien threats, only the Akiridions can defeat the bounty hunters. Even magical weapons aren't effective.
  • Humans Through Alien Eyes: The main appeal of the show with the three Akiridions navigating human culture.
  • I Choose to Stay: While Aja has to go home at the end, Krel stays on Earth thanks to the friendships the Royals have forged.
  • In Spite of a Nail: There is no timeline where Shannon's baking soda volcano survives.
  • Insignificant Little Blue Planet: Described by MOTHER as "named after dirt." Subverted in Season 2. The Akiridion database was edited to make it seem like this was the case.
  • Insistent Terminology:
    • Don't call them "aliens." Call them "Akiridions" or at least "extra-terrestrials."
    • Aja is not a princess. She's a "queen in waiting."
  • Instant Humiliation - Just Add YouTube: To chase away Kubritz in "Ill Gotten Gains", the students threaten to upload a video of her open racism.
  • Interspecies Romance:
    • Aja, an Akiridion, and Steve, a human.
    • Varvatos, an Akiridion, and Nancy, a human.
    • Stuart, a Durian, and Gwendolyn, a Gorbonian.
  • Journey to the Center of the Mind: Both the Royals and Morando enter Fialkov and Coranda's memories in "The Big Sleep" to find the location of Gaylen's core.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: The Royals to each other but it's more keenly felt with how much Aja needs Krel's calm mind when her emotions threaten to overwhelm her.
  • Loads and Loads of Races: There's a race out there for every metaphor.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Morando hired the Zeron Brotherhood to kill Varvatos' family so that Varvatos would lower the shields when Morando launched his coup.
  • Mechanical Lifeforms: The Cindorites.
  • Mecha-Mooks: Morando's OMENs.
  • Morph Weapon: The Serrators.
  • Mundane Object Amazement: The Akiridions are thrown by a lot of Earth's most basic things, such as water, grass, and Toby's braces.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Varvatos's answer to most problems usually involves the dismemberment and humiliation of one's enemies.
  • Numbered Homeworld: Akiridion-5.
  • Perspective Flip:
  • Physical God: Seklos and Gaylen. Morando briefly becomes one at the end.
  • Planet of Steves: The Foo-Foos.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Morando in the first season.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Varvatos Vex's whole family was lost in a terrorist attack on Satellite-9.
  • Ramming Always Works: How Vex grounds the Mothership when OMEN hijacks it.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • As is pointed out in "Terra Incoginta Part Two", if you're down to two pawns and a king, you're going to lose your chess game.
    • Comparing the Akiridions and Stuart will show that it takes a lot of time to learn the idioms and sayings of a totally alien culture.
    • While MOTHER gave the Akiridions disguises that slide under society's radar, she made Krel a Latino while Aja and Varvatos are white. Unsurprisingly, many question why his human disguise has a different skin tone than the rest of his family.
    • Jerkass Obstructive Bureaucrat Ms. Flannigan, really an alien bounty hunter, may be, she's right in saying that students can't just "drop out of the sky" and enrol in a school. There's a fair amount of paperwork involved.
    • When it's learned that the Royals have a bounty on them and that the bounty hunters know which planet they're on, everyone makes plans to leave Earth so they can hide.
    • Stuart escaped Area 49-B sixty years ago. The layout of the base has changed a bit.
    • Stuart's impounded Flying Saucer didn't have a tracking device installed on it. As one of the Area 49-B scientists points out, why would they put on a tracking device on an inactive object that was too heavy to move for the past sixty years?
    • As Toby reminds everyone, you cannot miss forty-five days of school for Trollhunting without serious consequences to your GPA.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Good robots have blue eyes. Killer Robots have red ones.
  • The Reveal: The Deep's true purpose was to hide Gaylen's core.
  • Rewatch Bonus: Much of Vex and Morando's actions in the pilot take on a new tone when it's revealed that Vex was the traitor who worked with Morando. Vex's outrage is not just out of duty, but that Morando broke his promise to him and Morando's blunt commands to Vex are from the belief that he still commands his loyalty.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Luug.
  • Ridiculously-Human Robots: Ricky and Lucy Blank.
  • Rock Beats Laser: Averted. One on one, alien technology defeats Troll magic.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Akiridion royals fight on the front lines.
  • Running Gag:
    • Everyone thinking that "Daxial Array" is a band.
    • Jim still has very skinny legs.
    • Toby's phone is still the victim of all the weirdness.
  • Ruritania: Aja and Krel tell Señor Uhl that they come from "Cantaloupia."
  • Sequel Hook: More overt than Trollhunters. Jim and Blinky cameo fighting off a threat in Hoboken (where a second Heartstone is said to exist) and during the last few minutes, a talking cat that AAARRRGGHH!!! identifies as a familiar tells AAARRRGGHH!!!, Toby, and Steve that he needs their help to save the world.
  • Serial Escalation: The planet was at risk in Trollhunters. The galaxy is up for grabs here.
  • Sequel Series: To Trollhunters.
  • Shaggy Dog Story: After Aja and Krel spend two whole seasons trying to save their parents' life cores, their parents pull a Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Ship Tease: Uhl and Ms. Janeth's play. At the very least, they're dating by the end.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sigil Spam: The Resistance's rings. Reality Ensues as Morando quickly realizes that anyone wearing such a ring is a traitor to be brutally killed.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Tronos wants to kill Aja and Krel because their parents failed to help his planet, Voltar, leaving it to be destroyed by war.
  • So Proud of You: Varvatos towards Aja and Krel.
  • Spiritual Successor: Has more than a few similarities to Sym-Bionic Titan. An alien princess from another planet is forced to hide in Everytown, America from a general, a former friend of the king, who launched a coup on her homeworld, accompanied by a bodyguard and a Robot Buddy. 3Below just gave the princess a brother and a dog.
  • Spotting the Thread: Krel notes that it's rather odd that Earth was the only planet that MOTHER could find for the Royals to hide on. After all, there are literally billions of planets in the galaxy. Because MOTHER was likely programmed to come to Earth and retrieve Gaylen's core in the event of an emergency.
  • Take That:
    • The Royals ask for disguises that can slip under society's radar. MOTHER's choices? A Latino, a girl, and a senior citizen.
    • The worst sound on Earth? Yodelling. The second worst? Techno music.
    • The Gumm-Gumms are the ugliest, angriest Earthlings that Stuart has ever seen. And he's been to Florida.
  • Third Person Person: Varvatoxs Vex.
  • Tractor Beam: A frequent hallmark of alien ships.
  • Tron Lines: On everything alien.
  • Villain Team-Up: In "Ill Gotten Gains", Kubritz makes two separate alliance with Tronos and Morando.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: Aja and Krel speak with some vaguely Eastern European accent.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Kubritz had no issue dissecting Aja and Krel when they were conscious.