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24th Sep '17 9:19:56 AM nombretomado
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* The BattleTechExpandedUniverse: A long series of sci-fi novels, a pair of VideoGame {{spinoff}}s, and a WesternAnimation series.

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* The BattleTechExpandedUniverse: Franchise/BattleTechExpandedUniverse: A long series of sci-fi novels, a pair of VideoGame {{spinoff}}s, and a WesternAnimation series.
4th Sep '17 4:34:02 PM AcePedro
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* Some [[{{Videogame}} games]] like ''VideoGame/StarCraft'', ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' and ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri '' have a small Expanded Universe, mainly consisting of a few books.
* The WarcraftExpandedUniverse consists of about ten books, one trilogy of manga, two western comic series and two tabletop [=RPGs=].

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* Some [[{{Videogame}} games]] like ''VideoGame/StarCraft'', ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' [[{{Creator/BlizzardEntertainment}} Blizzard]] ''loves'' this trope:
** [[{{Franchise/WarcraftExpandedUniverse}} Warcraft has it own page.]]
** Both {{VideoGame/Starcraft}}
and ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri '' {{VideoGame/Diablo}} have a small Expanded Universe, mainly consisting handful of a few books.
* The WarcraftExpandedUniverse consists of about ten
books, one trilogy of manga, two western comic series comics, short stories and two tabletop [=RPGs=].animated shorts that either explore the background of main characters or simply narrate interesting events from each game's setting.
** ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' has animated shorts, animated stills, webcomics, in-universe news articles, and graphic novels. Not only are these canon, but are actually being used as the means to tell the story of ''Overwatch'', which in-game has [[NoPlotNoProblem no actual story mode]].



* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' has animated shorts, animated stills, webcomics, in-universe news articles, and graphic novels. Not only are these canon, but are actually being used as the means to tell the story of ''Overwatch'', which in-game has [[NoPlotNoProblem no actual story mode]].
25th Aug '17 9:29:30 AM CosmicFerret
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* ''Franchise/{{Stargate}}'': In addition to the movie and TV series, six novels were produced based on the film, and over fifty based on the three TV series, along with multiple comic series and video games.

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* ''Franchise/{{Stargate}}'': ''Franchise/{{StargateVerse}}'': In addition to the movie and TV series, six novels were produced based on the film, and over fifty based on the three TV series, along with multiple comic series and video games.
10th Jul '17 4:35:33 PM NightShade96
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* ''TwentyFour'' had several novels and comics usually set before the beginning of the series, mainly using most of the cast from the first season. As a result it mainly featured the characters from early in the show, but some of the later characters were retroactively added in to some of them. There's also a video game set between the show's second and third seasons which is canon, in which the BiggerBad from season 2 returns and is finally taken down by Jack by the end.

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* ''TwentyFour'' ''Series/TwentyFour'' had several novels and comics usually set before the beginning of the series, mainly using most of the cast from the first season. As a result it mainly featured the characters from early in the show, but some of the later characters were retroactively added in to some of them. There's also a video game set between the show's second and third seasons which is canon, in which the BiggerBad from season 2 returns and is finally taken down by Jack by the end.
23rd Jun '17 9:29:45 AM Gosicrystal
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This can create a schism in fans. Some believe the entire Expanded Universe is {{canon}}. Others reject it all. Others pick and choose based on closeness to the writers of the primary medium. Expanded Universe material is usually written so that it can be fit in to the {{canon}} without having to alter the {{canon}} itself. However, later developments in the actual series can make it definitively out of {{continuity}}, especially when the main series decides to explain a mystery (such as a character's future) in a way that contradicts the Expanded Universe.

Even if it isn't {{canon}}, the Expanded Universe often serves as a place to apply {{handwav|e}}ium to the {{canon}} through {{Retcon}}s; this may verge on professional-grade FanWank.

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This can create a schism in fans. Some believe the entire Expanded Universe is {{canon}}.{{Canon}}. Others reject it all. Others pick and choose based on closeness to the writers of the primary medium. Expanded Universe material is usually written so that it can be fit in to the {{canon}} canon without having to alter the {{canon}} canon itself. However, later developments in the actual series can make it definitively out of {{continuity}}, especially when the main series decides to explain a mystery (such as a character's future) in a way that contradicts the Expanded Universe.

Even if it isn't {{canon}}, canon, the Expanded Universe often serves as a place to apply {{handwav|e}}ium to the {{canon}} canon through {{Retcon}}s; this may verge on professional-grade FanWank.



Note: the "primary medium" is usually the original one, but not always. For instance, few would dispute that the primary medium of the Franchise/{{Buffyverse}} is the [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer 1997 TV show]], not the [[Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer 1992 movie]] (which is only {{canon}} for the television series in the form of its altered comic book adaptation, which is based off of Joss' original script for it).

After a show's cancellation, the Expanded Universe may become the only place to get new material involving TheVerse (outside of FanFic, of course), continuing the {{canon}} in the minds of the readers/viewers. However, if a show is later [[UnCanceled brought back]], this "new {{canon}}" may be cancelled out, creating yet more conflict.

Sometimes [[CanonForeigner a character from the Expanded Universe]] is so popular (or just so good) that they get put into the official {{continuity}} of the original medium. This character is known as a CanonImmigrant. If elements from the EU are well-received enough, they may be permanently integrated, [[ReVision revising]] or [[ReWrite rewriting]] the official continuity resulting in a {{Retcanon}}

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Note: the "primary medium" is usually the original one, but not always. For instance, few would dispute that the primary medium of the Franchise/{{Buffyverse}} is the [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer 1997 TV show]], not the [[Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer 1992 movie]] (which is only {{canon}} canon for the television series in the form of its altered comic book adaptation, which is based off of Joss' original script for it).

After a show's cancellation, the Expanded Universe may become the only place to get new material involving TheVerse (outside of FanFic, of course), continuing the {{canon}} canon in the minds of the readers/viewers. However, if a show is later [[UnCanceled brought back]], this "new {{canon}}" canon" may be cancelled out, creating yet more conflict.

Sometimes [[CanonForeigner a character from the Expanded Universe]] is so popular (or just so good) that they get put into the official {{continuity}} of the original medium. This character is known as a CanonImmigrant. If elements from the EU are well-received enough, they may be permanently integrated, [[ReVision revising]] or [[ReWrite rewriting]] the official continuity resulting in a {{Retcanon}}
{{Retcanon}}.
28th May '17 3:22:20 PM nombretomado
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has taken its background and turned it into an Expanded Universe, with material spanning not only the tabletop game but countless novels, graphic novels and {{video game}}s, and the vast and incredibly detailed faux-historical accounts. The same's been done for ''WarhammerFantasy''.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has taken its background and turned it into an Expanded Universe, with material spanning not only the tabletop game but countless novels, graphic novels and {{video game}}s, and the vast and incredibly detailed faux-historical accounts. The same's been done for ''WarhammerFantasy''.''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasy''.
9th May '17 2:42:55 AM Golondrina
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* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'', as a [[LongRunners 30-year franchise]], has '''lots''' of manga, novels, {{video game}}s, etc., including such popular titles as ''[[Manga/MobileSuitCrossboneGundam Crossbone Gundam]]'' and ''[[Manga/MobileSuitGundamSeedAstray Gundam SEED Astray]]''. [[WordOfGod According to]] Creator/{{Sunrise}}, only animated works are considered {{Canon}}, meaning that everything Expanded Universe isn't, no matter how closely it cleaves to {{continuity}} (and, in the case of ''Crossbone'', in spite of the fact that it was written by [[YoshiyukiTomino the creator of the franchise himself]]).

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* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'', as a [[LongRunners 30-year franchise]], has '''lots''' of manga, novels, {{video game}}s, etc., including such popular titles as ''[[Manga/MobileSuitCrossboneGundam Crossbone Gundam]]'' and ''[[Manga/MobileSuitGundamSeedAstray Gundam SEED Astray]]''. [[WordOfGod According to]] Creator/{{Sunrise}}, only animated works are considered {{Canon}}, meaning that everything Expanded Universe isn't, no matter how closely it cleaves to {{continuity}} (and, in the case of ''Crossbone'', in spite of the fact that it was written by [[YoshiyukiTomino [[Creator/YoshiyukiTomino the creator of the franchise himself]]).
22nd Apr '17 5:37:46 PM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'', as a [[LongRunners 30-year franchise]], has '''lots''' of manga, novels, {{video game}}s, etc., including such popular titles as ''[[Manga/MobileSuitCrossboneGundam Crossbone Gundam]]'' and ''[[Manga/MobileSuitGundamSeedAstray Gundam SEED Astray]]''. [[WordOfGod According to]] {{Sunrise}}, only animated works are considered {{Canon}}, meaning that everything Expanded Universe isn't, no matter how closely it cleaves to {{continuity}} (and, in the case of ''Crossbone'', in spite of the fact that it was written by [[YoshiyukiTomino the creator of the franchise himself]]).

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* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'', as a [[LongRunners 30-year franchise]], has '''lots''' of manga, novels, {{video game}}s, etc., including such popular titles as ''[[Manga/MobileSuitCrossboneGundam Crossbone Gundam]]'' and ''[[Manga/MobileSuitGundamSeedAstray Gundam SEED Astray]]''. [[WordOfGod According to]] {{Sunrise}}, Creator/{{Sunrise}}, only animated works are considered {{Canon}}, meaning that everything Expanded Universe isn't, no matter how closely it cleaves to {{continuity}} (and, in the case of ''Crossbone'', in spite of the fact that it was written by [[YoshiyukiTomino the creator of the franchise himself]]).
25th Mar '17 12:09:21 PM FoxBluereaver
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* ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', written by Crossoverpairinglover, has branched out to include several tie-in oneshots, several of which were written by other authors with his approval, and recently inspired a SpinOff titled ''The Wild Boy From Sinnoh'', written by Viroro-kun.

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* ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', written by Crossoverpairinglover, has branched out to include several tie-in oneshots, several of which were written by other authors with his approval, and recently inspired a SpinOff titled ''The Wild Boy From Sinnoh'', written by Viroro-kun.
Viroro-kun. The continuity as a whole is now named by followers and contributors as the ''Resetverse''.
22nd Mar '17 11:00:24 PM JBsteeple
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* ''[[Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo The Ring of Fire Series]]'', a series that currently stands at nearly twenty novels and six short story collections also has currently sixty two issues of ''The Grantville Gazette'', a digitally published collection of short stories written by fans and selected by the series authors, and are officially canon.
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