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->''"This is an imaginary story. Aren't they all?"''
-->-- '''Creator/AlanMoore''', ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow''

A SisterTrope to the ForWantOfANail episode. While ForWantOfANail explores another fork in the road taken by a character, an Elseworld takes a well-known character and plonks them into a potentially wildly different location and situation. This can add some freshness to a character which allows them to act a different way than normal canon might allow but may also become an excuse to write professional TransplantedCharacterFic of the RecycledInSPACE variety.

Daring writers trusted by loyal fans may do this kind of episode without any warning or explanation. Well regarded elseworld stories generally involve 1) either keeping the characters and their motivations recognizable despite the new setting and situations or 2) working within the confines of the new setting in order to get ''back'' to the original premise in a reasonable way.

Comes from the term used by [[Franchise/TheDCU DC Comics]] for these kinds of stories; they publish one-shots and MiniSeries like this. Compare to AlternateContinuity. If a show is all Elseworlds all the time, you've got a [[UniversalAdaptorCast Commedia dell'Arte Troupe]].

DC's Elseworlds are sometimes grouped into six categories. These categories can be applied outside of DC Comics, of course.
* [[HistoricalFiction Historical]]: The characters are transplanted into a historical context. Example: ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}: Hearts of Steel'' (19th-century robots).
* AlternateHistory: Some element of real-world history is different. Example: ''ComicBook/SupermanRedSon'' (where Superman's rocket landed in the Soviet Union instead of America).
* AlternateTimeline: Some elements of the work's fictional history are different. Example: ''Series/{{Friends}},'' "The One That Could Have Been" (where Monica is still fat, Ross is still married to Carol, Phoebe works on Wall Street, etc.).
* [[OutOfGenreExperience Genre Graft]]: The work changes genre. Example: ''Series/ThePrisoner1967,'' "Living in Harmony" (a Western).
* [[WholePlotReference Fiction Graft]]: The work is melded with a famous work of fiction. Example: ''Franchise/{{Superman}}: [[Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds War of the Worlds]].''
* [[FlashForward Potential Future]]: The story is set in a potential future of the setting. This tends not to be this trope as we use it here (since it's not an ''alternate'' universe, just the future of the one we have). Often a BadFuture. Example: ''Series/{{Heroes}},'' "Five Years Gone".

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 the video game ''{{VideoGame/Elsword}}''.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' consists of multiple Elseworlds with various Creator/{{CLAMP}} characters, which the characters travel to ala ''{{Series/Sliders}}''.
* ''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.
* ''Anime/IdolmasterXenoglossia'' transposed the characters of ''VideoGame/TheIdolMaster'' into a SuperRobot anime, an anime which is ''itself'' a mecha-influenced Elseworlds of a game.
* ''Franchise/OnePiece'' uses Elseworld stories featuring the characters in historical Japan as {{Filler}} when the anime threatens to [[OvertookTheManga get too far ahead of the manga]].
** There are other Elseworld stories depicting the strawhats as mobsters, middle-aged women, and one where Chopper is a superhero, as well as a movie remake of the Drum Island arc with Robin and Franky already in the crew, along with the Thousand Sunny.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' spinoff manga ''Strange Tales of the Bakumatsu'' shifts the setting to the end of the shogunate, with LaResistance hiding their identities as UsefulNotes/TheShinsengumi and opposing the Westernization brought on by [[TheEmpire Britannia]] - and it still retains the HumongousMecha.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' had the Parallel Works videos, which were Music Videos that mostly took place in alternate continuities, like one where the characters are in Medieval Europe, [[SeriousBusiness play Pachinko Games with Giant Robots]], a Samurai Epic, A SteamPunk Western MirrorUniverse, and a universe bearing suspicious resemblance to ''Anime/{{FLCL}}''. One of the few that wasn't was the eighth one, (for "All Right You Bastards, Get Fired Up!"), instead showing the [[StartOfDarkness rise and fall of Lordgenome.]]
* Anime/MaiOtome to Anime/MaiHime.

[[folder:Audio Play]]
* The AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho ''Doctor Who Unbound'' stories explore questions such as "What if the Doctor had not left Gallifrey?" and "What if [[Recap/DoctorWhoS23E1TheMysteriousPlanet the Valeyard]] had won?"

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Franchise/DCUniverse version is the {{Trope Namer|s}}, and has a lot of them. One of the best and most notable is ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'', a beautifully painted and surprisingly cerebral graphic novel. Some of their ''Elseworlds'' would actually fall under ForWantOfANail.
** ''ComicBook/SupermanRedSon'', pictured above, is a miniseries about what Franchise/{{Superman}} would have been like if he had landed in the Soviet Union (specifically Ukraine, which seems to be the closest the writers could find to a Soviet version of Kansas) instead of the United States; he ends up a KnightTemplar Big-Brother figure. President Comicbook/LexLuthor defends the United States from the Red Menace with Superman's RoguesGallery and {{Green Lantern}}s. Franchise/{{Batman}} has a [[NiceHat very sexy hat]].
** ''ComicBook/SupermanAtEarthsEnd'' is a particularly [[SoBadItsGood infamous]] one-shot, that involves an aged Superman with a Santa Claus beard who fights cyborgs before going to Gotham AfterTheEnd and battling [[YouClonedHitler twin clones]] of Adolf Hitler. The cover shows him wielding a gigantic gun. [[spoiler: Which he uses against the aforementioned Hitler clones]]. Naturally, it's been subject to MemeticMutation thanks to the likes of [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]].
** ''I, Joker'' is a one-shot about a dystopian future version of Gotham where people worship the current Batman (who is also called "The Bruce", but is NOT Bruce Wayne) as a god. It's told from the point of view of ComicBook/TheJoker. [[spoiler:Or rather, a person who believes himself to be the Joker. This world's Batman likes to take enemies of the state, mind-wipe them, and turn them into carbon-copies of past Batman villains with implanted memories; he then uses them in a yearly bloodsport where the entire city dresses up as Batmen/girls/women and attempts to kill one of the villains so as to get a chance to fight him for the right to become the new Batman. However, after an act of rebellion from his personal doctor/surgeon who converts the rebels into faux villains, this year's Joker gradually regains his memories and, after discovering the original Batcave, defeats the wannabe Bat-god and takes up the mantle of the Bat. He also rescues his girlfriend, who had had her vocal cords removed as punishment for being a rebel; she becomes his Robin.]]
** The first Elseworlds story is the criminally under-appreciated ''ComicBook/GothamByGaslight'', in which Bruce Wayne is a young American plutocrat on a world tour in 1889, and ends up fighting (and is suspected of being) UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper.
** ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOneHundred'' imagines a world where Batman operated first in 1939 (the year he debuted in comics) and yet is still active 100 years later somehow, fighting corrupt government agencies.
** ''Speeding Bullets'' has Kal-El fall to Earth near Gotham City, to be discovered and raised as their own by the Wayne family. Or, "What if Superman was Batman?"
** A similar one is ''Batman: In Darkest Night''. In this one, Bruce Wayne, not Hal Jordan, receives the ring from Abin Sur; in effect, this one is, "What if Franchise/GreenLantern was Batman?"
** ''ComicBook/JLAActOfGod'' was a notorious one that involved all the people with inherent superpowers losing them.
** Another one is ''Toys/AmeComiGirls'', a {{bishoujo}} {{Animesque}} world that features the company's female superheroes and villains (and sometimes {{Distaff Counterpart}}s in place of male ones).
** ''[[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]]: ComicBook/TheNail'' takes place in a world where Kal-El is found by an Amish couple instead of the Kents because of a flat tire, and as a result, doesn't become Franchise/{{Superman}}. While there's still a Justice League, they face xenophobia [[spoiler: and ComicBook/JimmyOlsen is a super villain]].
** The ''ComicBook/BatmanVampire'' trilogy is one of them, as the premise is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Batman becoming a vampire.
** In ''ComicBook/BatmanHolyTerror'', 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.
** ''ComicBook/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' (the prequel to [[VIdeoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs the video game]]) takes place in an alternate universe where the Joker nuked Metropolis, causing Superman to declare a dictatorship over the entire Earth to (ideally) eliminate all further crime and bloodshed.
** ''ComicBook/DCComicsBombshells'' takes place in the [=1940s=] and features some of [=DC=]'s biggest superheroines (and a few of its female supervillains) during World War II. It spun off of a series of 40's-style pinup statues and comic cover variants.
** The ''ComicBook/BatmanAndCaptainAmerica'' crossover that's the source of the image in EvenEvilHasStandards (where the Joker terminates a partnership with the Red Skull upon realizing that the Skull is legitimately a Nazi and not faking it) is officially one of these, as it takes place during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and Batman's entire career is subject to ComicBookTime, meaning that the War hadn't been part of his backstory for decades. It's also part of the same universe as ''ComicBook/SupermanAndBatmanGenerations'', an Elseworlds story, that shows what might happen if Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne weren't subjected to ComicBookTime.
** ''ComicBook/ElseworldsFinestSupergirlAndBatgirl'' takes place in a universe in which Bruce Wayne was never Batman, and the infant Kal-El did not survive long enough to become Franchise/{{Superman}}. The orphaned Barbara Gordon becomes ''Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}'', Gotham's near-dictatorial protector, and Kara Zor-El alias ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' teams with a Justice Society backed by Luthor.
** ''ComicBook/NightwingTheNewOrder'' takes place in a BadFuture where Dick Grayson leads a government task force to depower metahumans and put the ones their tech can't depower in stasis until they can after Bruce is accidentally killed by a meta with poor control. He starts questioning his betrayal of his former friends and allies when his son develops powers that would require him to be put in stasis.
* Early on, Marvel Comics's distinctive "ComicBook/WhatIf" series were stand-alone ForWantOfANail stories based on key events in the Marvel universe. They later ran more Elseworld-style stories; these are not usually specifically labeled as either (''Manga/MarvelMangaverse'', ''ComicBook/MarvelZombies'', ''ComicBook/{{Marvel 1602}}'', ''X-Men Fairy Tales'', ''Marvel Apes'', etc.).
** In fact, it's implied (sometimes plain told) that every Marvel "What If" is one universe from the full Marvel multiverse. So, Marvel Zombies started as an alternate universe of Ultimate Marvel, then crossed with official 616-Earth. Ultimate X-Men have been spotted in Exiles, on a single panel showing scenes of the multiverse.
** In its late 80's/early 90's incarnation, the series started relying on {{Cruel Twist Ending}}s. While ''What If?'' by definition tended to end unhappily, the second series relied on IdiotBall and ultimately stopped explaining the divergences' origin. One issue had Mephisto corrupting young Danny Ketch into a brutal SerialKiller without explaining why he didn't do this in the main universe.
** Marvel also had ''The 5 Ronin'', which transplanted Wolverine, The Punisher, The Hulk, Psylocke and Deadpool into Tokugawa era Japan.
** The second-most recent generation of '''What If...?''' stories didn't really answer (or, for that matter, pose) a "what if" question, and were just, well, Elseworlds -- like "The Devil who Dared", which features Daredevil as a ninja in feudal Japan.
** Creator/ChuckDixon's ''A Man Called Frank'' was noteworthy for being an Punisher elseworld when that was considered more of a DC trope.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}: Hearts Of Steel'' was an Elseworld where some of the Transformers wake up on Earth during the [[{{Steampunk}} Industrial Revolution]] rather than in 1984 as they did in ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'', and took corresponding vehicle modes such as trains, propeller aircraft and warships. Human characters in the comic included John Henry, Creator/MarkTwain, and Creator/JulesVerne. According to writer Chuck Dixon this was meant to be a possible part of regular continuity, but numerous discrepancies (most notably the fact that the Transformers are seen waging war on Earth during the ice age, in the forms of fantastical creatures) contradict this. Nevertheless, ContinuityPorn aficionado John Barber took the challenge to fit ''Hearts of Steel'' into regular continuity during the mini-series ''ComicBook/{{Revolutionaries}}'' by proposing that the steampunk Transformers [[spoiler:were actually a crew of beast Transformers who were shot down to ice age Earth by Shockwave and brainwashed by him into thinking they were the genuine Optimus Prime, Bumblebee et al. and fighting each other ForScience... until they were forced to go into stasis when Shockwave was temporarily put out of commission in "Spotlight: Shockwave," waking up ages later during the Industrial Revolution with the brainwashing still intact.]]
** ''Hearts of Steel'' was originally meant to be the first in a set of Elseworlds called ''The Transformers: Evolution''. However, the series was never continued as Hasbro wanted to limit the number of alternate continuities (this was circa [[Film/{{Transformers}} the 2007 film]]).
* ''[[Comicbook/StrontiumDog Durham Red]]: Scarlet Apocrypha'' took the eponymous character out of her far-future adventures and reimagined her as existing at various other places and times.
* Back in the [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]], DC published "Impossible Tales" for Franchise/WonderWoman, in which she teams up with her [[SpinoffBabies Spinoff Baby]] selves (the Wonder Girl featured here is her teenage self, not Donna Troy who was introduced later) and Queen Hippolyta.
** The Donna Troy Wonder Girl was an inadvertent result of these stories--a writer added the "Impossible Stories" Wonder Girl to the original Comicbook/TeenTitans without realizing that she was a young Wonder Woman and not a separate character, requiring that an origin for a new Wonder Girl be created. The ongoing CanonDiscontinuity that has plagued Donna Troy ever since is a result of that initial error, as nearly every change to Wonder Woman's backstory creates a new conflict with Donna's.
* Though not an official Elseworlds story, there's ''ComicBook/SpiderManAndBatmanDisorderedMinds''.
* Keith Giffen wrote one ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'' spin-off story with Midnighter and Apollo as samurai.
* ''[[ComicBook/TwoThousandAD 2000 AD]]'' ran two "Alternity" specials in the 90s featuring reimagined characters such as "[[Comicbook/JudgeDredd Dredd]] [[Series/DixonOfDockGreen of Dock Green]]".
* The ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' comic strip for Christmas 2010 was "The Professor, the Queen and the Bookshop", a version of ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'' (with elements of ''Literature/TheMagiciansNephew'') with Amelia and Rory as Lucy and Edmund/Polly and Digory, the Eleventh Doctor as Professor Kirke/Aslan, the Rani as the White Witch (although her SealedEvilInACan form is a Weeping Angel), Azal the Daemon as Mr Tumnus, and the Talking Animals represented by Judoon, Cheetah People, Nimons, Hath and Silurians. At the end, it turns out to be a tale Creator/CSLewis is spinning to the Inklings, the Doctor and Amy. The Doctor suggests it would work better with a wardrobe.
** During "The Glorious Dead", the Eighth Doctor goes jumping through the lives of some of his Elseworlds counterparts, so we get him as a Wild West cowboy, a cartoon cat, a Doctor Strange expy, a Charlie Brown expy, etc.
* ''ComicBook/TheBeano Book 2010'' had a strip called ''William the Cat'', starring a Victorian version of their superhero Billy the Cat. It turns out to be AllJustADream of the modern day Billy.
* The ComicBook/SuskeEnWiske comic did this with a few stories:
** "Het Geheim van de Gladiatoren" (''The Secret of the Gladiators'') is entirely set in Roman times, with Suske, Wiske and Lambik as Gauls.
** “Het Gouden Paard“ (''The Golden Horse'') is set in fifteenth century Spain and South America, with the same three protagonists as citzens of Spain who travel to South America aboard a conquistador ship.
* Creator/DynamiteComics:
** ''Legenderry'' is a MassiveMultiplayerCrossover with SteamPunk Elseworld versions of Comicbook/RedSonja, Comicbook/GreenHornet, Comicbook/{{Vampirella}}, Franchise/{{Zorro}}, ComicStrip/FlashGordon, ComicStrip/ThePhantom, Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan, Silver Star, and Major Victory. This was followed by miniseries for the ''Legenderry'' versions of Hornet, Sonja and Vampirella.
** ''Altered States'' is advertised as Dynamite's version of Elseworlds.
*** A PlanetaryRomance with Vampirella as a human astronaut trapped on Planet Drakulon.
*** Red Sonja in the PresentDay.
*** ''Radio/TheShadow'' as SpaceOpera.
*** A WhatIf ''Franchise/DocSavage'' where his BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood goes [[GoneHorriblyWrong Horribly Wrong]].
** ''Series/BattlestarGalactica 1880'' is another SteamPunk one.
* ''ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse'': There are way too many examples to count where the Ducks are plucked out of Duckburg and put into wildly different settings. For example, a prominent Italian one by Marco Rota has Donald Duck as a down-on-his-luck Caledonian warlord trying to repel a Viking invasion.
* ''ComicBook/StarTrekOngoing'': Multiple alternate universes spawn off of ''Film/StarTrek2009''. Several of these alternates, plus some more created for this very purpose, cross over in the 2017-18 six-part storyline "I.D.I.C."

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Technically, ''all'' fanfics potentially fit the category, but some more than others. Types of fanfics that specialize in it include the AlternateUniverseFic, DarkFic, FixFic, FusionFic, and maybe FilmFic. A DeathFic or DeconstructionFic can do this too, but more often relies on the ForWantOfANail plot device.
* A common theme in the ''Fanfic/HalloweenUnspectacular'' series is taking characters from various series and placing them in different time periods from their respective canons. There's usually a least a few in each edition.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* WesternAnimation/DCUniverseAnimatedOriginalMovies:
** ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueGodsAndMonsters'' features this as its premise, as Superman is General Zod's son, Batman is a vampiric Kirk Langstrom, and Wonder Woman is [[ComicBook/NewGods Orion's wife Bekka]]. Furthermore, Amanda Waller is the President of the USA and Dr. Sivana works for her, and several scientists like Ray Palmer and Victor Fries are normal scientists. The tie-in miniseries, ''Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles'' explores this further as Harley Quinn is an ax-crazy serial killer who's not above hurting children, [[spoiler: Brainiac is a genetically-engineered little kid who can't control his powers, and Giganta is a mecha.]]
** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanGothamByGaslight'' adapted [[ComicBook/GothamByGaslight the comic of the same name]], but with a twist: [[spoiler:Jack Packer is AdaptedOut, with [[TheCommissionerGordon James Gordon]] [[AdaptationalVillainy being Jack the Ripper, instead]].]]

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' (and later, ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'') did episodes like this; [[FanCommunityNicknames Xenites]] refer to Elseworlds as "Uber" stories, especially ones featuring [[IdenticalGrandson descendants]] or just spiritual equivalents of characters in the future.
* An episode of ''Series/ThePrisoner'' ("Living In Harmony") has Number Six up as a retired US Marshal in TheWildWest, where a crooked judge tried to force him to become sheriff (of course, it eventually turned out that it was brainwashing).
* The "Benny Russell" episodes of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' in which Ben Sisko was thrust into a world where he was a 1950s science fiction writer (and [[CuckooNest possibly going mad]]), with the other characters recast as his friends and associates (or, for the baddies, racist authority figures).
** The idea is played with that Benny's is the real world and that the Franchise/StarTrek universe was just [[NestedStoryReveal stories he wrote]].
* ''[[Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun 3rd Rock From The Sun]]'' did a two-part episode in which the aliens entered an AlternateUniverse where they lived hugely successful lives in New York City.
* Played for laughs in ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "200" as depicted above. Several times over, in a myriad of ways.
** The "normal world" in Teal'c's [[CuckooNest hallucinations]] in "The Changeling" is also an example, and has even spawned a [[http://community.livejournal.com/firemanverse fanfiction community.]] So is the ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' episode "Vegas", but it's an actual AlternateUniverse.
** In the ''Series/StargateUniverse'' episode "Cloverdale", Scott hallucinated a world where the entire cast lived together in a small town, with Scott and Chloe about to get married. It kept the casts' personalities the same, along with many of the interpersonal relationships - for instance, Eli was Chloe's brother, while James was Scott's ex-girlfriend.
* In the fourth season finale of ''Series/{{Bones}}'', Brennan and Booth are ''married'', and all their friends and squints are either staff or patrons at their ''nightclub''. This episode was probably the most polarizing ever to be seen on ''Bones'', which is known for its consistency in tone, rivaled only by the last five minutes or so of "The Pain in The Heart". It was stuffed with clever in-jokes and references which would completely incomprehensible to even a casual fan, had a frankly awesome cameo by Music/MotleyCrue, and showed Brennan and Booth the way the vast majority of fans have [[{{UST}} wanted to see them from the beginning]]. But it was all a dream, and some fans were pissed because the sex between Booth and Brennan wasn't real. [[spoiler: Of course, later they not only had sex, but got married and had two children.]]
* An AllJustADream episode of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' in which Jimmy Olsen imagined himself as the lead in a FilmNoir. Interesting in that his subconcious apparently had a better idea of what was going on in the real world than he did; he later commented to Chloe how weird it was that a lot of his friends and associates (and the storyline of the episode) were accurately translated to the new setting, but then there was stuff like Clark secretly being a crimefighter, or Lana playing Lex and the good guys against each other.
* In the ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "Back to Reality", the crew wake up to find that they've spent the last four years of their lives in a Red Dwarf Total Immersion Video Game. [[spoiler:Of course, their life on Red Dwarf was real, and the experience of waking up was the shared hallucination.]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** The show 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.
** 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.
* ''Series/TheLegendOfDickAndDom'' throws its FantasyLand heroes into a terrifying and mysterious dimension in the episode "The Mists of Time"; nobody seems to do magic, but the unwary may fall foul of security guards or [[SoapWithinAShow soap opera addiction]]... yes, it's a "thrown into the real world" gag.
* On ''Series/LasVegas'', "Everything Old Is You Again" is an episode in which the same characters operate the same casino, but in 1962. Even the opening credits were time-shifted, with shots of the characters in period outfits and the actual credits in a funky 60s font.
* ''Series/BassieEnAdriaan'': this series frequently uses dream sequences to put the main characters in situations they can't encounter in the shows regular setting. They often start with Bassie wondering what it would be like if he and Adriaan would do a certain thing, and decides to have a daydream about it.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' has used this trope several 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 a 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" (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.

* Many of the figures Creator/{{Hasbro}} made for the "Legends of Franchise/{{Batman}}" toyline that wasn't based on ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}'' fell under this as they set the characters at various points in time and different ideas, like Batman as a cyborg, an actual knight, or a pirate.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' has the Justice League (from a universe inspired by the post-crisis/pre-New 52 era) ending up in an Elseworld where Superman has [[BewareTheSuperman turned]] [[FaceHeelTurn evil]] after ComicBook/TheJoker tricked Superman into killing Lois Lane and their unborn child.
* This is the premise of ''VideoGame/PennyArcadeAdventures'', with the first storyline, ''On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness'', taking place in a Lovecraftian 1920's version of the ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' universe.
* The Franchise/KingdomHearts series is an Elseworld for both the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' franchise and the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon.
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' has the DLC Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep. Ostensibly, it centers around [=NPC=]s from the main story playing a knock-off of Dungeons & Dragons, but aside from the OOC-talk and goofy gamist mixups, it passes as a fantasy counterpart to the Borderlands world. [[{{Metaphorgotten}} With guns.]]
* ''VideoGame/InfiniteCrisis'' pitted characters from multiple variations of the DC Comics universe against each other: there's the standard world, a magic world, a {{steampunk}} world, a [[AfterTheEnd nuclear holocaust]] world, a horror world, and a robot world.

* In a way, all the arcs of ''Webcomic/ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace'' are Elseworlds to the others. A bit different from most since there isn't one "main" universe (there's three).
* ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo''[='=]s various [[BonusMaterial omake]] chapters are all this, sometimes combined with parody/homages as in [[LightNovel/FullMetalPanic "Full Megatokyo Panic."]] The whole comic, in fact, seems to be several Elseworlds mashed together, with different worlds visible to different characters.
* A few have been visited during Sunday strips in ''Webcomic/LeifAndThorn'', including [[http://leifandthorn.com/comic/vampire-hunter-thorn-1/ Vampire Hunter Thorn]] and [[http://leifandthorn.com/comic/leif-thorn-in-space-1/ Leif & Thorn: IN SPACE!]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The "Without Warning Or Explanation" type happened in ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'': The episode initially indicated somehow Ben went back in time to before he got the Omnitrix. He was then surprised to find that this time '''Gwen''' gets it, and he spends a good portion of the episode explaining to Gwen how the aliens work. The events of the first episode play out with these changes, and it wasn't an Elseworld episode until the very end when ''it didn't get resolved''.
** In ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'', this was revealed to have been an AlternateUniverse to the main timeline when resident time-traveler Paradox cited it as an example of "[[TheMultiverse Cross-Time]]". Ben's foreknowledge of the future remained unexplained, however.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' has the two "Anthology of Interest" episodes, each with one of the three main characters using the Professor's "What-if Machine" which basically, when asked a question, shows a video of an elseword based on that question.
** Bender's questions where what if he were made 50-ft tall, and what if he was turned human. [[spoiler:He ends up dead in both.]]
** Fry's were what if he was never cryogenically frozen, and what if life was like a video game.
** Leela's were what if she was more impulsive, and what if she found her real parents (the latter played with in that she ended up knocked out and dreamed the elseworld, which is a ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' parody).
** The first episode starts with Farnsworth talking about his new invention "the fing-longer", which is essentially a cross between a glove and a pool cue. He demonstrates it by using it to activate the What-If machine, which everyone is (justifiably) more interested in. It ends with the revelation that the whole episode has been the Professor using the What-If machine to see what things would be like ''if he'd invented the fing-longer''.
** Another elseworld episode is "Naturama," which reinterprets the cast as animals under the framing device of an Omicromnian nature documentary. Just to remind that the episode is an elseworld, the Omicromnians blow up the Earth at the end.
* Various episodes of ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' would arbitrarily plunk the eponymous duo down in different historical eras, including the twenties, thirties, fifties, sixties, seventies, Napoleonic, medieval and biblical ages, among others. As the show tended towards NegativeContinuity, no explanation was ever needed or given.
* The "Darkwing Doubloon" episode of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' makes all the characters into {{Pirate}}s. Except the Muddlefoots, they're the royal family of England.
** Darkwing and Negaduck as space alien cousins. Also a parody of sorts.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' had a few. "Tri-Stone Area" (which featured all characters in a [[OneMillionBC prehistoric setting]]), "Doof Dynasty" (which featured them in ancient China), "Excaliferb!" (which featured the characters in a medival/fantasy setting, although this was actually a story read to Major Monogram by Carl), "Phineas and Ferb and the Temple of Juatchadoon" (an Franchise/IndianaJones spoof set in the early 20th century), and ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbStarWars'' (guess where).
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' did it twice. First with a ''Film/JamesBond'' spoof entitled "Tearjerker", where Stan is still a CIA agent but is fighting to defeat Roger, rewritten as a vengeful film producer named Tearjerker, who is planning to murder millions with a film so depressing it makes people cry to death. The second time, "Hot Water", was a musical episode where Stan buys a hot tub that turns out to be alive and psychotic. The episode ended with [[spoiler: the hot tub murdering Francine and Stan.]] According to WordOfGod, "Hot Water" was written as a series finale because the producers hadn't received word about the show's renewal. When the renewal did indeed happen, they released the episode as a season premire (Albeit a non-canon one).
** There was also a ChristmasSpecial where almost everyone (including Stan, Francine, Roger, etc.) is left on Earth during the Rapture, except for a few people. The Anti-Christ takes over the planet, turns it into an apocalyptic wasteland, captures Francine, [[AnAssKickingChristmas and Stan teams up with Jesus to save her]]. At the end, Stan goes to his own personal Heaven: home with his wife and kids implying the events actually happened and the rest of the series takes place here, until the camera pans to show Klaus mounted on the wall.
** This episode got a prequel, where Hayley adopts a baby who turns out to be the Anti-Christ from the Christmas special, and Jeff dies while trying to help Stan and Roger kill it. (He actually doesn't, but it's never explained how he survived.)
** They've done a sequel episode to "Tearjerker" now, "For Black Eyes Only", where Stan and Tearjerker have to team up against a new villain played by Steve's principal (his name is simply "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Black Villain]]").
** There's also the episode "Blood Crieth Unto Heaven" which is staged as a play where the usual cast are all playing themselves or something acting out a "lost script" by some genius writer who was obsessed with the show. It's framed by a live-action Patrick Stewart watching from a theater box (despite the character he does the voice for appearing in the play itself).
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' did a few in the last season. There's one set in the wild west where they're the Steamy Puff Girls and one framed as a dream the Professor has where they were created without Chemical X and therefore don't have powers.
* The annual ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Simpsons]]'' Halloween specials, ''WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror'', which usually involve movie parodies where the cast are sometimes put in the role of characters from the movie being spoofed, and lots of characters get [[AnyoneCanDie maimed and killed]].