An epic is a long story centered on a heroic character that describes a series of exceptional events, similar to and suggestive of epic poetry. There are numerous epics in fiction and storytelling. Epics are majestic depictions and capture impressive struggles, such as stories of war, adventures, and other efforts of great scope and size over long periods of time.

Form is mostly limited to literature and theater, and includes.
* EpicPoem (also known as classic epic)
* Epic Narrative (also known as modern epic)
* EpicMovie (more broadly defined, includes film adaptations of the [[TheEpic literary epic]] as defined here)

Some basic guidelines:
* A longer-than-average story that...
* ... Is wide in scope (not just one battle or skirmish, but a country-wide/planet-wide/galaxy-wide war or catastrophe) and...
* ... Follows one hero, group of heroes or bloodline, who...
* ... Strive to achieve a [[SeriesGoal particular goal]] or complete a quest, in the course of which they...
* ... Commit [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome extraordinary deeds]] and...
* ... Have multiple (three or more) separate adventures in the course of their quest or journey.

The classic epics had their own guidelines:
* Starting InMediasRes, usually later having TheHero explain via {{Flashback}} HowWeGotHere
* "Invocation of the Muse" (formally asking one of the Muses to help the author live up to the task of doing the story justice, or achieve whatever goal they have in mind for it)
* A trip to the Underworld

Can be divided into a few different subgenres. The divisions also come in two flavors, Form and Subject (may be subtropes/genres). Both forms can be divided by subject:
* Heroic (one person, may include companions, but focused on the person)
* [[GenerationalSaga Familial]] (follows a particular lineage)
* and National (follows the history of an entire nation, not common)

Not to be confused with the [[EpicRiff modern]] [[EpicFail bastardization]] [[EpicFlail of]] [[EpicRocking the]] [[EpicHail term]] just to mean [[TotallyRadical "awesome."]]

This is a distinguishing characteristic of SpaceOpera and HighFantasy, in that both are the Epic versions of ScienceFiction and {{Fantasy}} respectively.

'''Please''' do not add an example without ensuring that it first meets the criteria.

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''Manga/{{Akira}}'', both the manga and [[EpicMovie the film]].
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''
* ''Manga/{{Basara}}''
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': The life and times of a lone warrior in his search for meaning in life and quest for revenge.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''
* ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis''
* ''Manga/{{Claymore}}''
* ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun''
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': Upon being granted psychic powers, a young genius embarks on a political revolution.
* ''Anime/TheDaggerOfKamui'': One of the earliest ninja epic of the genre.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'', while not as big in scope as other examples here, definitely fits.
* ''Manga/DGrayMan''
* ''Franchise/DragonBall'': The life and times of the greatest warrior the world has ever seen.
* ''Manga/{{Devilman}}''
* ''Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld''
* ''Manga/FairyTail''
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''
** ''LightNovel/FateZero''
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': Two disfigured brothers search for a way to undo their mistakes of the past, only to be engulfed in a massive political conspiracy.
* ''Manga/GetterRobo''
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''
* ''Manga/HunterXHunter''
* ''Manga/{{Inuyasha}}''
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''
* ''Anime/KillLaKill''
* ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes''
* ''Manga/TheLegendOfMotherSarah'': The ''other'' Creator/KatsuhiroOtomo epic, which stands out for featuring the quest of an adult woman and still remaining in {{Seinen}} territory.
* ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic''
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''
* ''Anime/MaiHime'': A deconstruction that analyzes what happens when the once-perfect MagicalGirl is burdened with the tragic-flaws of mythic heroes.
* Most full-length Franchise/{{Gundam}} series fall under this.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''
** ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam''
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing''
** ''Anime/AfterWarGundamX''
** ''Anime/TurnAGundam''
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED''
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00''
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAge''
* ''Anime/HeavyMetalLGaim''
* The ''{{Mazinger}}'' franchise, with all their sequels and spin-offs throughout forty years, definitely fits:
** ''Anime/MazingerZ''
** ''Anime/GreatMazinger''
** ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer''
** ''Anime/GodMazinger''
** ''Manga/NewMazinger''
** ''Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}''
** ''Manga/MazingerAngels''
** ''Anime/ShinMazinger''
** ''ShinMazingerZero''
* ''Manga/{{Monster}}''
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': A young ninja strives for greatness, and in the process is embroiled in a conflict that will decide the fate of a nation.
* ''Anime/NeoHumanCasshern''
** ''Anime/CasshernSins''
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': After the apocalypse, group of children are involuntarily charged with defending the remnants of the human race, or so they think...
** ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion''
* ''Anime/{{Noir}}''
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': A young adventurer embarks on a quest to seize the greatest treasure the world has ever known, and in the process involuntarily joins the world's most-wanted list.
* ''Anime/PanzerWorldGalient''
* ''Anime/PrincessMononoke''
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''
** ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion''
* ''Roleplay/RecordOfLodossWar''
* ''Anime/RobotRomanceTrilogy''
** ''Anime/CombattlerV''
** ''Anime/VoltesV''
** ''Anime/{{Daimos}}''
* ''Anime/RedPhotonZillion''
* ''Anime/RoninWarriors''
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin''
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya''
* ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman''
* ''LightNovel/ScrappedPrincess''
* ''Anime/SeireiNoMoribito''
* ''Manga/SoulEater''
* ''Anime/StrikeWitches''
* ''Anime/{{Tekkaman}}''
** ''Anime/TekkamanBlade''
* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo''
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''
* ''Manga/{{Trigun}}''
* ''Manga/TwentiethCenturyBoys''
* ''Manga/VinlandSaga'': The story of a young viking hell-bent on revenge for his fathers murder, until he stands before nothing.
* ''KemonoNoSoujaErin''
* ''VideoGame/{{Utawarerumono}}'': National epic of Tuskuru, under Emperor Hakuoro.
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''
* ''Anime/{{Zambot3}}''

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ''Comicbook/GrantMorrisonsBatman''
* ''ComicBook/{{Bone}}''
* ''ComicBook/CerebusTheAardvark''
* ''ComicBook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck''
* ''ComicBook/OneHundredBullets'', an epic in the style of FilmNoir.
* ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}''
* ''Comicbook/TheSandman''
** Also its popular spinoff series ''ComicBook/{{Lucifer}}''.
* ComicBook/AllStarSuperman
* Franchise/TheDCU.
* The Franchise/MarvelUniverse.
** Titles such as ''ComicBook/XMen'' and ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'' exemplify this.


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[[folder: Fan Fiction ]]

* ''FanFic/ADifferentMedius''
* ''FanFic/HalkegeniaOnline''
* ''FanFic/Hottie3TheBestFanFicInTheWorld''
** ''[[http://alaxr274.deviantart.com/gallery/46993107 Hottie 4: Even Better Sequel]]''
* ''Fanfic/TheOneILoveIs''
* ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry''
* ''FanFic/SlayersTrilogy''
* ''[[http://alaxr274.deviantart.com/gallery/33810717 Super Milestone Wars]]''
** ''[[http://alaxr274.deviantart.com/gallery/36864527 Super Milestone Wars 2]]''
** ''FanFic/SuperMilestoneWars3TheSupetastic6Rises''
* ''Fanfic/UndocumentedFeatures'' as a whole is a familial epic; the ''Symphony of the Sword'' story cycle within it is a heroic epic on its own.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/{{Avatar}}''
* ''Film/TheBirthOfANation''
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga''
* ''Film/{{Gladiator}}''
* ''Film/TheGodfather''
* ''Film/{{Hero}}''
* ''Franchise/IndianaJones''
* ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia''
* ''Disney/TheLionKing''
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'': Adapted from Literature.
* ''Franchise/TheMatrix''
* ''Film/OnceUponATimeInChina''
* ''Film/{{Patton}}''
* ''Film/StarshipTroopers''
* ''Franchise/StarWars''
* ''Film/TheTenCommandments''
* ''Film/KillBill''

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[[folder: Light Novel ]]

* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''
* ''LightNovel/CrestOfTheStars''
* ''LightNovel/DirtyPair''
* ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero''
* ''LightNovel/FateZero''
* ''LightNovel/GuinSaga''
* ''LightNovel/MaoyuuMaouYuusha''
* ''LightNovel/OdaNobunanoYabou''
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}''
* ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana''
* ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline''

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/TheAeneid''
* ''Literature/TheBalladOfTheWhiteHorse''
* ''Literature/BelisariusSeries'': Has the grand scale, larger than life characters, and numerous Crowning Moments of an epic. Often interestingly enough has deconstructions, including the Lampshading of many familiar elements of epics.
* ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}''
* ''Literature/BookOfTheNewSun''
* ''Literature/BookOfTheLongSun''
* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'': Seven books from the creation of Narnia to its end, with the Pevensie children as the most important characters.
* ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' : The final stretch of a lone gunman's lifelong quest across time and space to reach the greatest MacGuffin of all time.
* ''Literature/DeltoraQuest''
* ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'' of [[InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt Dante Alighieri]].
* ''Literature/DonJuan'' by Creator/LordByron is an AffectionateParody of TheEpic.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''
* ''Literature/{{Dune}}'' (particularly the first book, though most of them count anyways, and can be considered a hereditary epic as well)
* ''Literature/TheEarthseaTrilogy'': The adventures of the wizard Ged.
* ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh''
* ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'': The birth and growth of an empire InSpace, inspired by the history of ancient Rome.
* ''Literature/GoneWithTheWind''
* ''LightNovel/GuinSaga''
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'', [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows the 7th book especially]].
* ''Literature/{{Helliconia}}''
* ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials''
* ''Literature/HyperionCantos''
* ''Literature/TheKalevala'', the Finnish national epic.
* ''Literature/{{Kalevipoeg}}'' the Estonian national epic.
* ''Literature/LesMiserables'', the classic French epic about Jean Valjean, a minor criminal who becomes a good man.
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': Long enough to fill three volumes, it's about four {{hobbits}} and their companions, who do important deeds in Moria, Fangorn, Rohan, and elsewhere, in their quest to destroy the [[ArtifactOfDoom One Ring]].
* The ''Literature/{{Mahabharata}}'', the Indian national epic (although it does focus for the most part on Arjuna and his ancestors).
* ''MalazanBookOfTheFallen''
* ''Literature/TheMemoryWars'', by Creator/PaulAnthonyShortt, features [[spoiler: a protagonist who has been reincarnated throughout history, seeing the Fall of Troy, the old west, and eventually leading the people of New York against an army of gods and demons to save the world]].
* ''Literature/TheNameOfTheWind''
* ''Literature/{{Nibelungenlied}}''
* ''Literature/TheNightLand'', both an epic and a forerunner of the CosmicHorror Genre.
* ''Literature/NorthAndSouthUS''
* ''Literature/ParadiseLost''
* ''Literature/ThePillarsOfTheEarth''
* ''Literature/{{Ramayana}}''
* ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms''
* ''Literature/TheSagaOfHrolfKraki''
* ''Literature/TheSagaOfTheVolsungs''
* ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'': Spans thousands of years, back to the creation of the world, and follows a few family trees.
* ''Literature/TheThornBirds''
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''
* ''Literature/TheSpellmongerSeries''
* ''Literature/TheStand'': The trials and tribulations of a number of ActionSurvivors journeying across America after the world ends.
* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''
* ''Literature/TheTrojanCycle''
** ''Literature/TheIliad'': An epic poem about the Battle of Troy.
** ''Literature/TheOdyssey'': An epic poem about Odysseus on TheHomewardJourney.
* ''Literature/OldKingdom''
* ''Literature/WarAndPeace''
* ''Literature/WarriorCats''
* ''Literature/WatershipDown''; also has [[{{Mythopoeia}} its own epic mythology in-universe]].
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' : The classic tale of an ordinary hero chosen by fate to combat a great evil, taken to its natural extreme.
* ''Literature/TheWindsOfWarAndWarAndRemembrance'' (they are a two-volume set) by Herman Wouk. Someone or other said it was the WorldWarII version of Literature/WarAndPeace.
* ''Literature/TheWormOuroboros''

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/BabylonFive''
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
* ''Series/GameOfThrones''
* ''Jumong'': Korean TV series about the legendary founder of Korea.
* ''Series/{{Rome}}''
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' in general

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[[folder: Manhua ]]

* ''Manhua/ChineseHero''
* ''Manhua/RavagesOfTime''

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[[folder: Music ]]

* ''Music/FoodForTheGods''
* ''[[Music/SoundHorizon Moira]]'', which was deliberately written to resemble classical Greek epics.
* ''Music/CoheedAndCambria'''s entire discography.

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' has a number of potential epics for TheGamemaster to work with in its various {{Sourcebooks}} some of which are quite well done. Several are suggested in the sample campaigns. In ''Vikings'' one can replay any saga or make up one's own. There is even a mythic campaign theme in which Loki escape's and threatens to bring about Ragnorak before its time. In {{Traveller}} ''Sword Worlds'' there is ''100 Parsecs'' which is about the journey of a group of Sword Worlders to set up a new civilization in which the Sword Worlder way of life may be preserved far in the reaches of the universe. One can also do the original founding of the Sword Worlds which is an intensely powerful theme. ''Intersteller Wars'' is in a way a "national epic" of the Terran Confederation. In fact some {{Gurps}} ideas are so good that it is a tragedy that they were never taken in hand by a writer worthy of them. Hopefully one is waiting.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' is epic in a modern, bastardized meaning-- but it can also be played as a classical Epic. It can be ''personal'', following a Solar and his close friends. It can be ''national'', following a Threshold nation guided by various Lunars who are in a master-apprentice chain. It can be ''generational'', following a lineage of the Dragon-Blooded as they fight various enemies of Creation.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''
* ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' : A twist on the classic werewolf myth, wherein the titular monsters are actually Holy Warriors of Mother Earth fighting to make the world a kinder and gentler place.

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[[folder: Theatre ]]

* ''Theatre/TheOresteia''
* ''Theatre/TheRingOfTheNibelung'' by Creator/RichardWagner. 14 and a half hours of music.

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[[folder: Toys ]]

* ''Franchise/{{BIONICLE}}''
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}''

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Pretty much every one with a plot. Particularly Role Playing Games.
* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' series
* ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath''
* ''BaldursGate''
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}''
** ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}''
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty''
** ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'': It may not look like it on paper, but the entire series spans, including the ''playable'' flashback missions, over 15 years, 4 continents, 8 playable PlayerCharacter, and the final conflict culminates in WorldWarIII.
** ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' series
*** ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2''
** ''VideoGame/NaziZombies''
* The ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' series, but especially ''VideoGame/DiabloIII''.
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
* ''EpicMickey'', [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin obviously]].
* ''VideoGame/ExitFate''
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games after the ExcusePlot era.
* Most ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' titles:
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem]]'' tell one epic in two parts
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War]]''
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance]]'' and ''Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn'' also tell one epic in two parts
* ''VideoGame/ForeversEnd''
* ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar''
* The ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' series is evolving into this, especially with the integration of the events of the ''Portal'' games (and possibly every other Valve title) [[CanonWelding into the canon]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Homeworld}}''. It has the appearance of Lensman-inspired ScienceFiction SpaceOpera, but has the feels of Mythical HighFantasy Epic in terms of narration.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''
* ''VideoGame/LastScenario''
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''
* ''Franchise/MassEffect''
* ''Franchise/MetalGear''
* ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}''
* ''VideoGame/NetHack''
* ''VideoGame/OracleOfTao''. It qualifies as a GenerationalSaga, tracing back from Ambrosia's mother (mainly in flashbacks), to her quest, to her daughter's quest with her.
* ''Franchise/PrinceOfPersia'' ''The Sands of Time'' trilogy
* ''VideoGame/ShiningForce'' games.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' [[VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG Especially]] [[VideoGame/PaperMario the]] [[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi RPGs]].
* ''Franchise/TalesSeries''
* ''VideoGame/TheTaleOfAlltynex'' is a rare shoot 'em up version of this.
** ''VideoGame/{{Kamui}}''
** ''VideoGame/RefleX''
** ''VideoGame/AlltynexSecond''
* ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' series
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}''

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[[folder: Web Animation ]]

* ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'', one of the first flash series to take itself seriously.

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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' of Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures. So much so that it encompasses planets, astral bodies, time, space and everything else..all in one game.
** The earlier ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'' could also count, despite being much sillier.
* ''Webcomic/ClosedGate''
* ''Webcomic/KidRadd'' arguably.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja''
* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod''
* ''Webcomic/SamandFuzzy''

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' veers into this trope occasionally. Most of the time it's a HeroicFantasy.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''
* ''WesternAnimation/ExoSquad''
* ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' uses this structure mostly in its third and fourth seasons when it started using {{Story Arc}}s.
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars''
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' (Starting in 2014)
* ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats''
* ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011''
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