The Disney Channel Live-Action Universe.That's So Raven
was Disney's most popular show since Lizzie McGuire
. This directly led to
the creation of more Standard-WITH A TWIST
! Disney Kid Coms
, including The Suite Life of Zack and Cody
(it and then-newcomer Hannah Montana
would be the most-renewednote
shows in all of Disney Channel
History). As That's So Raven
ended (and its Spin-Off
, Cory in the House
, came onto the air), a gap was made in Disney's live-action entertainment and thus, with the popularity of High School Musical
, further live-action Kid Coms were punched out.The Verse
in which the shows exist was first established with 2006's That's So Suite Life of Hannah Montana
, followed by 2007's and 2009's Wish Gone Amiss Weekend
and Wizards On Deck with Hannah Montana
, respectively. The I'm In The Band
episode "Weasels On Deck" placed it into the DCLAU and showed that Disney XD
shows could be in the DCLAU as well. With the Zeke and Luther
crossover with Peter Punk
, the DCLAU now extends to internationally-produced series, and with Jessie
's crossover with Ultimate Spider-Man
, it can even be linked to animated series (specifically the Marvel Universe
Compare Disney Channel Animated Universe
for Disney's animated equivalent and Nick Verse
's equivalent. Not to be confused with the DCAU
.Series confirmed to be in the Disney Channel Live-Action Universe:The Disney Channel Live-Action Universe links:
Shows which may be in the Disney Channel Live-Action Universe but have yet to be confirmed:
- That's So Raven:
- A direct Crossover with The Suite Life of Zack and Cody in the episode "Checkin' Out".
- Another direct Crossover with both Suite Life and Hannah Montana, "That's So Suite Life of Hannah Montana" (this is in fact the event that gave birth to the shared universe in the first place).
- Cory in the House:
- The Suite Life of Zack and Cody:
- The Suite Life on Deck:
- Hannah Montana:
- Wizards of Waverly Place:
- Zeke and Luther:
- I'm In The Band
- A direct Crossover with The Suite Life on Deck in the episode "Weasels on Deck".
- In "Road Tripp", Burger nearly runs someone over, yelling "Skateboard on the sidewalk, Zeke!".
- Good Luck Charlie:
- A direct Crossover with Shake It Up in the episode "Charlie Shakes It Up".
- A direct crossover with Jessie in the special "Good Luck Jessie: NYC Christmas".
- The social networking site Buddy Page from "Alley Oops" is also seen in the Jessie episode "One Day Wonders".
- Similarly, the iPad parody myTab featured in "Battle of the Bands" is also used in the Austin & Ally episode "myTab and My Pet".
- The Hero Rising video game from Aaron Stone appears in the episode "Let's Potty".
- Pair Of Kings:
- Peter Punk:
- A.N.T. Farm:
- The Hashimoto soda brand from the The Suite Life of Zack and Cody episode "Trouble in Tokyo" is featured in the episode "independANTs", and Mr. Hashimoto himself shows up in a recurring role, played by the same actor as in The Suite Life On Deck.
- A poster for Tears of Blood, a band from Wizards of Waverly Place, is seen in the background of the episode "PerformANTs"
- Z-Tech, maker of technology referenced in several other shows (such as the Z-Phone and the Z-Cube) is the setting for Season 3.
- Kickin' It:
- The aforementioned Red Skies Crossover event with Zeke and Luther and Pair Of Kings, described above.
- Another Red Skies Crossover event with Lab Rats and Mighty Med, in which a lunar eclipse causes several (supposedly) paranormal events to occur in each show.
- The aforementioned myTab appears.
- Revenge of the Hemogoblin from ANT Farm appears in "Wazombie Warriors".
- A direct Crossover with Austin & Ally in the episode "Nanny in Miami" (the second half of the special "Austin & Jessie & Ally All Star New Year").
- A direct crossover with Good Luck Charlie in the special "Good Luck Jessie: NYC Christmas".
- "Tempest In A Teacup" features a billboard advertising "Tipton Tea".
- Arturo Vitalli, London Tipton's favorite designer, is referenced in "Trashin' Fashion" and "Say Yes To The Messy Dress".
- A direct Crossover with Liv and Maddie premiered in December 2014.
- Austin & Ally:
- A direct Crossover with Jessie in the episode "Big Dreams & Big Apples" (the first half of the special "Austin & Jessie & Ally All Star New Year").
- Austin and Ally are celebrity judges on America's Top Talent in the episode "Moon Week and Mentors", the same show which Hannah Montana guest-judged in "Judge Me Tender".
- Lab Rats:
- A direct Crossover with Peter Punk in "Un beso, una canción".
- Liv and Maddie:
- Mighty Med:
- Marvel Universe:
- A direct Crossover with Jessie in the Ultimate Spider-Man episode "Halloween Night at the Museum" now links the Marvel Universe and the DCLAU together (note that this only applies to the programming block of the same name, which is its own self-contained universe/canon within the larger Marvel empire, and not the actual Marvel Universe of canon).
- Dog With A Blog:
- At the end of the episode "Guess Who's a Cheater", Stan says "Good Luck, Charlie", just as Teddy Duncan does. It's still yet to be confirmed if this means that this show is linked solely through Recursive Canon or not.
- Phineas and Ferb:
- As a crossover episode links Phineas And Ferb with the Marvel Universe, Phineas And Ferb is also logically linked to the DCLAU through the above (note that this episode explicitly exists within the canon of both Phineas And Ferb and Marvel Universe, as opposed to the Star Wars crossover special which is explicitly stated to be non-canon for either series).
Shows linked to the DCLAU through Recursive Canon only:Shows which are not in the DCLAU (aka Disney Channel independents):
- Crash And Bernstein
- I Didn't Do It
- Girl Meets World: Should this series be integrated into the DCLAU, it would be incorporated into the St. Elsewhere Shared Universe due to numerous connections its parent series brings in◊.
- For that matter, the larger TGIF universe may be either connected or wholly a part/synonymous with the DCLAU regardless (in much the same way One Saturday Morning is connected to the DCLAU's animated counterpart), as the DCLAU is a Spiritual Successor to the old TGIF lineup to begin with (ABC was owned by Disney for much if not most of TGIF's existence and many of the production crew and companies went on to make many of the Disney Channel productions, including the first round of multi-cam live action shows, upon TGIF's discontinuation).
- Ugly Betty: If so, would be the only series in the DCLAU not associated with any other show through actual production even if the TGIF/St. Elsewhere universe is included (though still airing on Disney sister network ABC); apparently, some of the characters of Ugly Betty follow London Tipton's Yay Me! vlog.
- Lizzie McGuire: The spiritual predecessor to the DCLAU, it has not been referenced in modern shows and was produced in a different format (a one camera setup as opposed to multi-camera) than the majority of DCLAU shows.
- Even Stevens: Like Lizzie McGuire, it has not been referenced and has a different format.
- Phil of the Future: Same as Lizzie McGuire and Even Stevens.
- JONAS: In the series, the main trio is known as the Lucas Brothers and portray only expies of their real-world selves. This is in contrast to their appearance on Hannah Montana, where the explicitly named Jonas Brothers act as they would in real life.
- My Babysitter's a Vampire: Though it airs on the same channel, it is a Canadian import, not produced by Disney.
- Mr. Young: Another Canadian import made by a non-Disney house.
- It's generally accepted that any Canadian production or co-production on Disney Channel and Disney XD thus far exists in a completely separate canon from the DCLAU.
- Thus far, no series produced prior to That's So Raven have been connected to the DCLAU. Likewise, no DCOMs that aren't directly adapted from DCLAU shows have been included in the universe (and it's possible even some of the DCLAU-adapted DCOMs might exist only on a quasi-canon status, or even in a complete non-canon status, including the Wizards of Waverly Place movie).
Tropes constant across the DCLAU:
- All There in the Manual: While not necessary to enjoy the shows, the information hosted on Disney Channel's website fills in a lot of the backstory behind the plots and characters. Is useful if you're dropping into the middle of something both plot- and continuity-heavy like Wizards.
- Alternate History: Apparently, President Martinez takes the place of George W. Bush in the DCLAU, since by the Hannah Montana episode "Hannah Montana to the Principal's Office", Barack Obama is president.
- Bigger Bad: Almost all DCLAU Show's have a Big Bad, but on Wizards of Waverly Place, Gorog seems to be the devil of the universe.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Done in kind of a weird manner in that often the characters will deliver a punch line and look directly at the camera while doing so, but not quite acknowledge that there is a fourth wall. It's just very weird.
- California Doubling: Averted with surprising frequency, in that a few of the series actually take place in California but, outside of The Movie, filming virtually never leaves a Burbank soundstage.
- Canon Welding: The three main founding shows of the universe (That's So Raven, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, and Hannah Montana) were initially not connected at all. However, when Disney Channel got the idea for That's So Suite Life of Hannah Montana, the shows were connected to be in the same universe (which itself had then been immediately established). As of this writing, Disney Channel continues to use this tactic to connect more shows to the universe.
- Celebrity Paradox: Subverted. Alyson Stoner and Ashley Tisdale all coexist with their characters in the DCLAU.
- Played with as well. In The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Cody tells Max that she's a better dancer than the girl in the Missy Eliot video; both are portrayed by Alyson Stoner. Also in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Maddie believes that she looks exactly like Ashley Tisdale as Sharpay, to which everyone else replies with "I don't see it."
- Comedic Sociopathy: Pretty common in most Disney Channel live action comedies, actually, though some shows have more of it than others. On the more sociopathic side of the scale you have Wizards of Waverly Place and A.N.T. Farm, and on the other side you have Good Luck Charlie.
- Cowboy Be Bop At His Computer: As children's programming has always been a hot topic, there will be frequent "experts" who have much to opine without actually having basic knowledge of the shows they're talking about. Take these two articles—whatever the validity of their argument, their points are not helped with some very basic factual errors. Misspelling series names ("iCarly" is simply "Carly", "JESSIE" is "JESSE"—and, to boot, a screenshot from that show is attributed to Wizards of Waverly Place), much attention has been given over to shows that have been canceled, etc. Much of this would have been avoided if only they visited the shows' IMDb pages.
- Crossover: The series in the DCLAU constantly crossover with each other, usually placing a new series into the DCLAU. "Take This Job and Love It!" was a crossover between Hannah Montana and Cory in the House and "Weasels On Deck" was a crossover between I'm In The Band and The Suite Life on Deck.
- Crisis Crossover: The specials That's So Suite Life of Hannah Montana and Wizards On Deck with Hannah Montana.
- Red Skies Crossover/Cross Through: The Wish Gone Amiss Weekend, in which, rather than interact, three shows were impacted by the same event (a magic shooting star). There were also the Lunar Eclipse episodes of Kickin' It ("Invasion of the Ghost Pirates"), Lab Rats ("Principal from Another Planet"), and Mighty Med ("Night of the Living Nightmare"), which all aired on the night of an actual lunar eclipse and featured paranormal occurrences thanks to the eclipse.
- Common Crossover:
- Continuity Overlap: The single episodes in each series' that are a part of the Crisis Crossovers usually have an impact on other episodes in the crossovers, so much that it becomes downright confusing if you miss part of a crossover. Examples of this are Raven missing her flight in "Checkin' Out", causing her to stay in Boston in "That's So Suite Life Of Hannah Montana", and Bailey and Alex cheating in the Hannah Montana tug-of-war challenge in "Cast-Away (To Another Show)", which leads to Bailey trying to find another way to get concert tickets in "Double-Crossed".
- "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: A solid Disney tradition, given how many shows promote musical talent, though there are notable exceptions (both Suite Life series and Shake It Up being some of the most prominent subversions, though the latter's is still sung by Selena Gomez).
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: It's almost a proud tradition.
- Gorgeous Present-Day Dress: Everyone's always well-styled in bright, new clothes that fit well even though they're growing kids. Stuff that's too big, washed-out, or half-outgrown is conspicuously absent. An Enforced Trope for the girl protagonists—Disney markets character-wardrobe-based clothes—but even supposedly-nerdy boys look like they put a lot of effort into dressing the way they do (maybe even more than the "cool" guys, since that clothing would be easier to find in stores).
- High Concept: With only one real exception (Good Luck Charlie), all of the shows in the DCLAU have followed the high concept formula, and a few (That's So Raven, Wizards of Waverly Place, Dog With A Blog, Lab Rats, Crash & Bernstein, and Mighty Med) are all completely fantastical.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: Obviously for the DCLAU as a whole (and regarding the combined rosters of crossover events), but many individual shows in the DCLAU tend to have large casts as well, at least when including recurring roles.
- Laugh Track
- The Movie: Wizards, Suite Life on Deck, and Good Luck Charlie all got a television movie. A Jessie movie has been approved. Good Luck Charlie also got two hour-long specials, as did A.N.T. Farm. Shake it Up: Made in Japan is somewhere in between, with a 90-minute air time; although not promoted as such, it's effectively a television movie too. And in at least one case (Hannah Montana), The Movie was an actual theatrical release.
- Our Presidents Are Different: President Martinez, to fit into the standard sitcom mold, is both a President Personable and a President Buffoon.
- Recursive Canon: Guest appearances and shout-outs confirm that every show in the DCLAU is a fictional show in Sonny With A Chance.
- Guest appearances shouldn't mean anything. After all, Maddie Fitzpatrick and Ashley Tisdale apparently both exist in the DCLAU (and, apparently, only Maddie herself ever noticed any resemblance between herself and the High School Musical star).
- Running Gag: Offering fruit juice-sweetened cupcakes (mostly in the more recent shows).
- Running Gags in general: after all (and excluding the crossovers), running gags are what link the universe together in the first place. And, of course, each show will have its own set of running gags.
- Secret Identity: For the Wizards, the Lab Rats, Raven, and Hannah/Miley.
- Shouldn't We Be in School Right Now?: For the most part, played straight in most series, but many shows (Wizards of Waverly Place, Shake It Up, the second season of Austin & Ally), the school setting actually features very prominently, if not factoring into the plot in some fashion roughly Once an Episode. A.N.T. Farm is the most notable and largest Aversion, as the high school and its social dynamics are the main focus.
- Sliding Scale of Beauty: (In-Universe). Most of the protagonists are considered common beauty or special average, because usually they are cute and losers.
- Studio Audience
- You Look Familiar: Due to Disney's practice of rehiring actors, Gwen, Mikayla, and Alex Russo were all played by Selena Gomez and Larry and Justin Russo were both played by David Henrie. Amber and London Tipton were both played by Brenda Song; Rico and Max's conscience were both played by Moises Arias; Samantha Samuels, Demonica Dixon, and Liza the photographer were all played by Lisa Arch, Principal Stuckerman and Herman Spatz were both played by Steve Hytner; Olivia Cabot and Jenny Majorheely were both played by Gilland Jones; the director in "That's What Friends Are For?" and Ash Tyler were both played by Stephen Full; Mr. Corelli and Burger Pitt were both played by Greg Baker; Archie and Derek Jupiter were both played by Steve Valentine; Leah and the Cracker were both played by Jaelin Palmer; Betty Jane and Nia were both played by Giovonnie Samuels; Max and Ally Parker were both played by Alyson Stoner; and Carly and Agnes were both played by Allie Grant. I could go on, but you probably get the point.