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31st Jul '16 7:02:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' did one where Buffy is simply a schizophrenic young girl stuck in a [[CuckooNest mental institution]], and not a super-powered monster-fighter at all, with her parents desperate for some means to help her regain her sense of reality. Interestingly enough, the ending of that episode left some doubt as to which world was actually the real one, and Creator/JossWhedon himself has acknowledged that it's possible either could be.

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
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did one where Buffy is simply a schizophrenic young girl stuck in a [[CuckooNest mental institution]], and not a super-powered monster-fighter at all, with her parents desperate for some means to help her regain her sense of reality. Interestingly enough, the ending of that episode left some doubt as to which world was actually the real one, and Creator/JossWhedon himself has acknowledged that it's possible either could be.



* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' has used this trope several times including the episodes "What Is And What Should Never Be" "It's A Terrible Life" "The End" as a Potential Future "The French Mistake" "My Heart Will Go On." In nearly all of these episodes the Winchester brothers must find a way to return to their reality and are or become aware they are not in their own world.

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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' has used this trope several times times, including the episodes "What Is And What Should Never Be" (the Winchesters never became monster hunters), "It's A Terrible Life" (Sam and Dean working in an office building), "The End" as (as a Potential Future potential BadFuture where Hell triumphed in the Apocalypse), "The French Mistake" (the Winchesters wind up in [[RealWorldEpisode an alternate universe where they're a bunch of actors]]) "My Heart Will Go On." On" (mostly the same as the regular world, only the Titanic disaster being averted by time travel ultimately affects the lives of several main characters). In nearly all of these episodes the Winchester brothers must find a way to return to their reality and are or become aware they are not in their own world.
29th Jul '16 10:30:30 PM BreadBull
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* Alternate Real-World History: Some element of real-world history is different. Example: ''Batman: Holy Terror'' (where the US is a theocracy).
* Alternate Fictional History: Some elements of the work's fictional history are different. Example: ''Friends,'' "The One That Could Have Been" (where Monica is fat, Ross is still married, Phoebe works on Wall Street, etc.).

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* Alternate Real-World History: AlternateHistory: Some element of real-world history is different. Example: ''Batman: Holy Terror'' (where the US is a theocracy).
* Alternate Fictional History: AlternateTimeline: Some elements of the work's fictional history are different. Example: ''Friends,'' "The One That Could Have Been" (where Monica is fat, Ross is still married, Phoebe works on Wall Street, etc.).
1st Jul '16 1:29:53 PM StarSword
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* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' spinoff manga ''Strange Tales of the Bakumatsu'' shifts the setting to the end of the shogunate, with LaResistance hiding their identities as TheShinsengumi and opposing the Westernization brought on by [[TheEmpire Britannia]] - and it still retains the HumongousMecha.

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* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' spinoff manga ''Strange Tales of the Bakumatsu'' shifts the setting to the end of the shogunate, with LaResistance hiding their identities as TheShinsengumi UsefulNotes/TheShinsengumi and opposing the Westernization brought on by [[TheEmpire Britannia]] - and it still retains the HumongousMecha.
26th Jun '16 12:07:52 AM rwe1138
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** Probably the more famous Buffy Elseworld is "The Wish," where Cordelia makes a wish that "Buffy never came to Sunnydale." The result is an apocalyptic town where The Master rose with to stop him and has turned Xander and Willow into vampires.

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** Probably the more famous Buffy Elseworld is "The Wish," where Cordelia makes a wish that "Buffy never came to Sunnydale." The result is an apocalyptic town where The Master rose with no one to stop him and has turned Xander and Willow into vampires.
2nd Jun '16 6:40:00 AM Willbyr
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31st May '16 2:06:39 AM Morgenthaler
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In {{fanfiction}} this is known as an Alternate Universe (or AU), where the characters generally remain the same but the setting changes. {{High school AU}}s are very popular, probably because many of the writers are themselves in high school. (On This Very Wiki, we use a broader definition of AlternateUniverse, of which Elseworld is a subset.) Not to be confused with {{VideoGame/Elsword}}.

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In {{fanfiction}} this is known as an Alternate Universe (or AU), where the characters generally remain the same but the setting changes. {{High school AU}}s are very popular, probably because many of the writers are themselves in high school. (On This Very Wiki, we use a broader definition of AlternateUniverse, of which Elseworld is a subset.) See also AlternateRealityEpisode, which can overlap.

Not to be confused with {{VideoGame/Elsword}}.
31st May '16 2:02:48 AM Morgenthaler
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23rd May '16 3:13:13 PM MarkLungo
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** In its late 80's/early 90's incarnation, the series started relying on OuterLimitsTwist endings. While What If? by definition tended to end unhappily, the second series relied on VillainSue, IdiotBall and ultimately stopped explaining the divergences' origin. One issue had Mephisto corrupting young Danny Ketch into a brutal serial killer without explaining why he didn't do this in the main universe.

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** In its late 80's/early 90's incarnation, the series started relying on OuterLimitsTwist endings. {{Cruel Twist Ending}}s. While What If? ''What If?'' by definition tended to end unhappily, the second series relied on VillainSue, IdiotBall and ultimately stopped explaining the divergences' origin. One issue had Mephisto corrupting young Danny Ketch into a brutal serial killer SerialKiller without explaining why he didn't do this in the main universe.
1st May '16 9:01:52 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''Anime/SoraOKakeruShoujo'''s ninth episode plucks up the entirety of its main cast and sets them in a modern day world that tells a baseball story instead of the colony warfare one that had been playing out up until then. QT powers are still present despite this.

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* ''Anime/SoraOKakeruShoujo'''s ''Anime/TheGirlWhoLeaptThroughSpace'''s ninth episode plucks up the entirety of its main cast and sets them in a modern day world that tells a baseball story instead of the colony warfare one that had been playing out up until then. QT powers are still present despite this.
29th Apr '16 1:07:41 PM gilda4ever
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** In ''ComicBook/HolyTerror'', Oliver Cromwell's rebellion lasted much longer and spread out all over the world, creating the Commonwealth, a theocratic dictatorship where non-Christians are persecuted. Batman is a BadassPreacher who rebels after learning that the Commonwealth had his parents assassinated for serving in LaResistance.

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** In ''ComicBook/HolyTerror'', ''Batman: Holy Terror'', Oliver Cromwell's rebellion lasted much longer and spread out all over the world, creating the Commonwealth, a theocratic dictatorship where non-Christians are persecuted. Batman is a BadassPreacher who rebels after learning that the Commonwealth had his parents assassinated for serving in LaResistance.
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