Created By: DiscarMay 11, 2011 Last Edited By: ArivneFebruary 2, 2016

Beginning Of The Universe

A scene takes place at the literal beginning of the universe.

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"In the beginning, the Universe was created. This made a lot of people very angry and has largely been considered a bad move."

The opposite of The End Of The World As We Know It, this is a scene that takes place at literally, the beginning of the universe. Maybe it's just a Distant Prologue, or maybe Time Travel is involved. In rare cases, it will be the beginning of the next universe, because the current one is dying.

See also Creation Myth, which nearly always has a scene like this.


Examples:

Comic Books
  • The DC Universe
    • Witnessing the beginning of the universe is largely Krona's motivation. He barely got to see it before the machine he was using to witness it malfunctioned, creating The Multiverse.
    • There were a few characters in Crisis On Infinite Earths who were there at the beginning of the universe when it was reformed into a NonMultiverse. Those were the only ones who remembered what the Multiverse used to be like. And then even they got reset, so that the only one who remembers is the thought-insane Psycho Pirate.
  • In Marvel Comics, Galactus is the last survivor of the universe previous to this one, so his Origin Story (when shown) involves the creation of the universe.

Fan Fic

Film - Animated
  • The "Rite of Spring" segment of Fantasia doesn't go as far back as the beginning of the universe, but it does show the Earth in the midst of being fully formed.

Film - Live Action
  • A few of the movie adaptations of Discworld have this.

Literature
  • In one of Robert Reed's stories, Sister Alice, the protagonist is sent through a wormhole to a baby universe, becoming the new God.
  • In The Magicians Nephew the characters witness the birth of Narnia.
  • The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy series.
    • The first book has the Big Bang Burger Bar, where you get to watch the event.
    • Inverted in the sequel, The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe. Milliways is a restaurant where you get to watch the end of the universe.
  • In James Blish's A Clash Of Cymbals, the last Cities in Flight novel, the last humans alive at the end of the universe get to create new Big Bangs using the mass of their own bodies.
  • In the Discworld book Faust Eric, in order to allow the title character to live forever, a Literal Genie transports him back to the beginning of time, where he meets a creator.
  • The Silmarillion's first chapter is the creation of the world.

Live Action TV
  • The titular ship from Star Trek Voyager was there once. How? There where Qs involved.
  • Red Dwarf. The winning scenario for the "Dave Lister" character in "Better Than Life" (a fictional game scenario) involves him having to jump-start the new Big Bang. (quote from memory:) "It's the ultimate irony. Dave Lister, a confirmed atheist, turns out to be God."
  • Doctor Who
    • In the episode "Castrovalva", some practical joker sets the coordinates for "Event one: Hydrogen inrush."
    • The stuck 'fast return' switch almost sends the TARDIS back to the beginning of the universe in "Inside the Spaceship". This was also known by the title "The Edge of Destruction."
    • In "Terminus", the doomed spaceship of the title jumps back in time before it explodes, becoming the event that sparks the Big Bang.
    • In the more recent Doctor Who serial, "The Big Bang", The Doctor uses the exploding TARDIS to reboot the universe in a 2nd Big Bang.
  • The Big Bang Theory has the scientific version of this in its title. Only complete with the thematically fitting Title Theme Tune. (See Bare Naked Ladies example.)

Music
  • The History of Everything by Barenaked Ladies (famous as the Title Theme Tune of The Big Bang Theory) refers to the scientific version of this, especially in its first two lines:
    Our whole universe was in a hot dense state,
    Then nearly fourteen billion years ago expansion started. Wait...

Mythology and Religion
  • Most Creation Myths, as noted above.
  • The Book of Genesis in The Bible begins with God creating the heavens and the earth.

Newspaper Comics
  • In Calvin And Hobbes, one strip starts: "First there was nothing. Then, there was Calvin!" as a parody of this trope.

Tabletop Games
  • All the player characters in Demon The Fallen witnessed the beginning of the universe personally, because they created it in the first place. How much of it they remember, however, depends on their respective Demonic Lore skill scores.

Webcomics
  • In Pokemon X, when asked "tell us what happened, from the beginning," Brandon launches into a spiel about how the universe was created.
  • In Eight Bit Theater Sarda sends White Mage on a trip through time, which drops the character at a point BEFORE the Big Bang.
  • 1/0 begins with the (interactive) narrator creating the comic's universe with a "Let there be light!".

Western Animation
  • In the Futurama episode "The Late Phillip Fry", Fry, Bender and Prof. Farnsworth travel to the end of the universe, and watch it begin all over again. Twice.
  • In Justice League, Batman and Green Lantern accidentally travel back in time to witness the beginning of the universe.
  • Family Guy: A hiccup with Stewie's Time Travel machine causes Stewie & Brian to land outside time, and the return pad is what causes the Big Bang. Spoilered because it just recently happened.

Community Feedback Replies: 29
  • May 11, 2011
    TonyG
    • In the Futurama episode "The Late Phillip Fry", Fry, Bender and Prof. Farnsworth travel to the end of the universe, and watch it begin all over again. Twice.
    • The "Rite of Spring" segment of Fantasia doesn't go as far back as the begining of the universe, but it does show the Earth in the midst of being fully formed.
  • May 11, 2011
    jate88
    • A few of the movie adaptations of Discoworld have this.
  • May 11, 2011
    PaleHorse87
    Literature

    Webcomics
    • In Eight Bit Theater Sarda sends White Mage on a trip through time, which drops the character at a point BEFORE the Big Bang.
  • May 11, 2011
    DelShiftB
    Literature
    • The Hitchhiker's Guide To The ptitlegvx5tm34k7kq has the Big Bang Burger Bar, where you get to watch the event.
  • May 11, 2011
    LobsterMagnus
  • May 11, 2011
    NESBoy
    • In The DCU, witnessing the beginning of the universe is largely Krona's motivation. He barely got to see it before the machine he was using to witness it malfunctioned, creating The Multiverse.
  • May 11, 2011
    LeeM
    • The winning scenario for the "Dave Lister" character in ''Better Than Life'' (a fictional game scenario) involves him having to jump-start the new Big Bang. (quote from memory:) "It's the ultimate irony. Dave Lister, a confirmed atheist, turns out to be God."
    • In James Blish's A Clash of Cymbals, the last Cities in Flight novel, the last humans alive at the end of the universe get to create new Big Bangs using the mass of their own bodies.
  • May 11, 2011
    randomsurfer
    • Also in the DCU there were a few characters in Crisis On Infinite Earths who were there at the beginning of the universe when it was reformed into a NonMultiverse. Those were the only ones who remembered what the Multiverse used to be like. And then even they got reset, so that the only one who remembers is the thought-insane Psycho Pirate.
    • In Marvel Comics, Galactus is the last survivor of the universe previous to this one, so his Origin Story (when shown) involves the creation of the universe.
  • May 11, 2011
    BraveHoratio
    • In the Doctor Who episode "Castrovalva", some practical joker sets the coordinates for "Event one: Hydrogen inrush."
    • In the Discworld book Faust Eric, in order to allow the title character to live forever, a Literal Genie transports him back to the beginning of time, where he meets a creator.
  • May 12, 2011
    LobsterMagnus
    Music
    • The History of Everything by Barenaked Ladies (famous as the Title Theme Tune of The Big Bang Theory) refers to the scientific version of this, especially in its first two lines:
      Our whole universe was in a hot dense state,
      Then nearly fourteen billion years ago expansion started. Wait...

    Live Action TV

  • May 12, 2011
    Koveras
    • In Justice League, Batman and Green Lantern accidentally travel back in time to witness the beginning of the universe.
    • All the player characters in Demon The Fallen have witnessed the beginning of the universe personally. Because they created it in the first place. How much of it they remember, however, depends on their respective Demonic Lore skill scores.
  • May 13, 2011
    foxley
    Two more Doctor Who examples:
    • The stuck 'fast return' switch almost sends the TARDIS back to the beginning of the universe in "Inside the Spaceship".
    • In "Terminus", the dommed spaceship of the title jumps back in time before it explodes, becoming the event that sparks the Big Bang.
  • May 13, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Family Guy: A hiccup with Stewie's Time Travel machine causes Stewie & Brian to land outside time, and the return pad is what causes the Big Bang. Spoilered because it just recently happened.
  • May 14, 2011
    chronotwister
    super man once fought a being called imperiax and sent imperiax to the big bang in orfer to stop him

    in trans formers we are givin a glimpse of the creation of the autobots "in the begining there was... THE CUBE"

  • May 14, 2011
    zero24
    The webcomic 1/0.
  • May 14, 2011
    Discar
    ^^ The Transformers one isn't an example, since the scene is just the All Spark heading towards Earth.

    ^ Gonna need you to be a little more specific.
  • May 18, 2011
    aurora369
    The Silmarillion's first chapter is creation of the world.
  • May 18, 2011
    captainbrass2
    • The Book of Genesis in The Bible also begins with God creating the heavens and the earth. The word "Genesis" itself means "beginning".

  • May 18, 2011
    zero24
    @Discar 1/0 begins with the (interactive) narrator creating the comic's universe with a "Let there be light!".
  • May 25, 2011
    hipsterkitties
    • In Calvin and Hobbes, one strip starts: "First there was nothing. Then, there was Calvin!"
  • May 28, 2011
    Rolf
    Man this STILL have only one hat?
  • May 30, 2011
    JonnyB
    For clarification's sake: The Doctor Who episode mentioned by foxley above, "Inside the Spaceship", was also known (in the States, at least) as "The Edge of Destruction."

    In the more recent Doctor Who serial, "The Big Bang", The Doctor uses the exploding TARDIS to reboot the universe in a 2nd Big Bang.
  • June 6, 2011
    BraveHoratio
    Faust Eric also features the beginning of the next universe variant in a scene a the end of time. It's a paperclip.
  • February 1, 2016
    DAN004
    Bumpity?
  • February 1, 2016
    Chabal2
    Warhammer 40 K has the Well of Eternity, a place in the Warp that is somehow the center of reality, the place where space and time begin and end (the Warp is a strange place). Tzeentch once threw a Greater Daemon in it, who came back with two heads that see everything in the past and the future but not the present, and now speaks two prophecies at a time, only one of which is true.

  • February 1, 2016
    henke37
  • February 2, 2016
    Arivne
  • February 2, 2016
    randomsurfer
    Another from Family Guy
  • February 2, 2016
    Arivne
    Comic Books

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