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->''"You're just like Franchise/IndianaJones; a role played by Creator/RichardDreyfuss in ''our'' universe!"''
-->-- '''Alternate History Artie Ziff''', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "Treehouse of Horror XXIII"

This is a fictional counterpart of RichardNixonTheUsedCarSalesman -- in {{Alternate Universe}}s, your favorite books, movies or music might have never been created or may be different, sometimes even beyond recognition.

When the creators actually [[ShownTheirWork did the research]], this may be based on WhatCouldHaveBeen. It may also be related to CelebrityParadox: In the fictional universe, actors who play the main characters usually don't exist, so other people took their other roles.

Or sometimes it's just done for sake of making a funny pun on a popular real-life work's title.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/VideoGirlAi'' Chapter 5: "The Day of Yota's First Date," [[Film/GodzillaVsBiollante Kochila vs. Heonande]] is playing at the same theatre as a movie starring Jaichel Nilton and Michael Kington, about a [[PunnyName baseball bat]] themed superhero, [[Film/{{Batman}} Bat Man]].

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/ExMachina'', created by Creator/BrianKVaughan and Tony Harris, the main character considers hiring Vaughan and Harris to make a graphic novel based on his life, but decides to go with Creator/GarthEnnis and Jim Lee instead. Also, one of the first major clues as to where the protagonist's strange powers come from? [[spoiler:A [[TheReveal reveal]] that there have been radio transmissions received that feature unreleased/unproduced B-sides of famous musicians.]]
* Creator/AlanMoore likes playing with this trope. The existence of superheroes in ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' and ''Comicbook/TopTen'' leads to superhero comics never gaining popularity; instead, pirate and SliceOfLife stories take their place. In particular, the pirate comic that features prominently in ''Watchmen'' is meant to represent what Moore himself imagined he'd be writing in this universe instead of ''Watchmen''. (It also plays off a real example of what could've been -- right before the formation of the Comics Code, Creator/ECComics attempted to start another trend with ''Piracy'', a new title full of swashbuckling yarns; true to form, Gibbons' fake cover drawn as "Walt Feinberg" for the story, down to the Feldstein-esque signature - and occasional EC artist Joe Orlando's contribution to Issue #5 - are very much in the publisher's typical style.)[[note]]Author Marc Singer has even written [[http://notthebeastmaster.typepad.com/weblog/2014/03/week-theres-a-ship.html a "contemporary" article]] about the comic's fictional history.[[/note]]
* In the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, Creator/MarvelComics had lost the rights to Comicbook/CaptainAmerica comics, which are now owned by a small company which gets bought by one of Cap's big fans.
* In Creator/PaulCornell's ''Wisdom'', Austin Powers' mom is biased towards the Welsh in ''[[Film/AustinPowers Goldmember]]'', instead of Austin's dad.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the nuclear-powered future of ''Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space'' there's an advertised {{kaiju}} movie ''[[Franchise/{{Godzilla}} Greenzilla]]'' (created by the evils of alternative energy) and a documentary ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who_Killed_the_Electric_Car%3F Who Killed The Gasoline Powered Car?]]'' A popular weekly serial ''[[Series/TheXFiles The Y-Not Files]]'' has two stalwart G-Men seeking to debunk the lunatic conspiracy theories spread by the evil Marijuana-Smoking Man. A {{Petting Zoo Pe|ople}}rson is writing a sci-fi story about a shapeshifting alien disguised as a man who stumbles into a camp of huskies in Antarctica and starts taking them over one by one; it's called ''[[Literature/WhoGoesThere Who Grows Hair]]?''
* The objective of [[http://mediavengers.tumblr.com/ MediAvengers,]] especially with the [[http://www.mediavengers.com/2014/07/bony-movies-too-soon-guys-too-soon.html two very different movies]] covering the same Battle of New York. One is a big action movie directed by Michael Bay with Nicolas Cage as Iron Man (a role he actually had considered in our universe), the other is an indie thriller by David Fincher, ironically casting Edward Norton as Bruce Banner (reversing TheOtherDarrin Mark Ruffalo).
* In the world of ''FanFic/ParisBurning'', there are Cities, the [[AnthropomorphicPersonification humanized]] [[NationsAsPeople personifications]] of cities of sufficient population and identity. As such, the destruction of cities is presented as much more horrific than in our world. Cities can also only be killed with [[KillItWithFire fire]], so many fictional firebugs have been changed (''ComicBook/FantasticFour'''s Johnny has lightning powers, for instance). Also, the City of Atlantis still exists, so there's hardly any mystery about the city of Atlantis.
* ''[[Literature/Timeline191 TL-191]]: [[https://www.alternatehistory.com/wiki/doku.php?id=timelines:tl-191_after_the_end After the End]]'' takes diversions from the major events to talk about cultural artefacts from this world. Highlights include:
** The 'Space Opera' genre, which is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin opera that's set in space]], becomes popular in the 1980s, with popular titles such as ''The Cantina Band'', ''Scum and Villany'' and ''Trade Route Taxation''.
** Swing music experiences a revival in the form of 'Hollywood Stomp''

[[folder: Film -- Animated]]
* The car-ified versions of earlier Creator/{{Pixar}} movies appear in the end credits of ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'', including ''[[WesternAnimation/ToyStory Toy Car Story]]'', ''[[WesternAnimation/MonstersInc Monster Trucks, Inc.]]'', and ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife''. The sequel actually combined this with EarlyBirdCameo for ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}''.
** The sequel also has the theater advertising ''[[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles The Incredimobiles]]''.
* As discussed [[http://www.toonhound.com/th56.htm here]], as a FreezeFrameBonus in ''WesternAnimation/FlushedAway'', Roddy's DVD case has along with actual Creator/DreamWorks and Aardman movies many pun-based titles - the one taken out for the BondGunBarrel parody that follows references ''Film/JamesBond'' films, ''Die Again Tomorrow''.

[[folder: Film -- Live Action]]
* Mixed with CelebrityParadox in ''Film/LastActionHero'', in which a boy travels to a world of an action movie. Because the movie's main character is played by Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger, in this world no such person exists and the main character of ''Film/TheTerminator'' is played by Creator/SylvesterStallone.
* In ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'', a video store has standees for a film version of ''Theatre/KingLear'' starring Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger, ''Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk'' with Creator/RobinWilliams as the giant (possibly a TakeThat or a In-Joke to [[Film/{{Jack|1996}} a certain movie]] directed by Creator/FrancisFordCoppola), and Creator/TomHanks in "Tsunami Sunrise".
* In ''Film/IAmLegend'', one of the billboards in the abandoned Times Square is for a ''ComicBook/SupermanBatman'' movie. Which is now almost an accurate prediction as now there actually is a [[Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice Superman/Batman movie]].
* ''Film/CSATheConfederateStatesOfAmerica'' has the film ''A Northern Wind'', a different version of ''Film/GoneWithTheWind''... though not by much.
* ''Film/HowardTheDuck'': In the prologue, Howard's apartment has posters for duck/bird-ified films like ''Film/MyLittleChickadee'' and ''[[Film/RaidersOfTheLOstArk Breeders of the Lost Stork]]''.

[[folder: Literature]]
* Regularly played with in the ''Literature/{{Nightside}}'' series, where many stores offer items from alternate histories. This includes alt-history media works, such as Beatles rap albums, pornographic versions of Creator/AgathaChristie mysteries, and Creator/OrsonWelles' epic Franchise/{{Batman}} movie ''Citizen Wayne''.
* In ''Literature/{{Swellhead}}'', one of the signs that the characters are slipping into an alternate universe is that the hero finds a copy of ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' written by Creator/RayBradbury.
* ''Idlewild'' by Mark Lawson has UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy surviving his assassination attempt in Dallas and winning a second term as President. Thirty years later, there's a mention of Creator/OliverStone making a movie titled ''UsefulNotes/{{L|yndonJohnson}}BJ'', about "The best President we never had".
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures, Fitz has assembled a collection of parallel universe Beatles records, including "Feel the Love", their Live Aid song.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** ''Discworld/MovingPictures'' has CMOT Dibbler get the idea for a romance movie he intends to call [[Film/GoneWithTheWind Blown Away]]. It also features a movie-in-making where a man in a lion costume is telling another character the movie is about following a yellow sick toad.
** A recurring theme in the second and third ''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld'' books is making sure the ''right'' works get written, because otherwise humans don't make it off Roundworld before it's "snowball time". In the second book, humans suffered a lack of imagination because Creator/WilliamShakespeare never existed, and stunted versions of his plays were instead written by Arthur J. Nightingale ("I'm nae listening to them, they've got warts!" - ''The Short Comedy of Theatre/{{Macbeth}}''). In the third, scientific progress was halted to some extent when UsefulNotes/CharlesDarwin wrote ''Theology of Species''. (Or when Charles Darwin never went on the ''Beagle'' at all, and his place was taken by Preserved J. Nightingale, who went on to write ''Watches Abroad''.)
** While talking about the development of life on Earth in ''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld'', they also say that intelligence appears to be a useful enough trick that something would develop it sooner or later, they speculate that if sentient crabs had evolved on the Earth in humans' place, three of them might be writing 'The Science of Dishworld'', about a bowl-shaped world that's carried on the backs of gigantic marine invertebrates.
* In Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''Literature/{{Timeline 191}}'', [[Creator/MarkTwain Sam Clemens']] daughter reads Creator/LouisaMayAlcott's ''After the War Was Lost'', Armstrong Grimes mentions Creator/HumphreyBogart starring in a movie called ''[[Film/TheMalteseFalcon The Maltese Elephant]]'' [[note]]This one also doubles as a subtle MythologyGag: ''The Maltese Elephant'' was the title of a short story that Turtledove released in a previous collection, presenting a WhatIf scenario for ''The Maltese Falcon'' where Sam Spade and his partner Miles Archer (renamed "Tom Trencher" and "Miles Bowman") have their fates reversed, with Spade/Trencher dying early on and Archer/Bowman becoming the protagonist.[[/note]], and an American actor named [[Creator/JohnWayne "Marion Morrison"]] becomes famous for playing Creator/TheodoreRoosevelt on-screen.
* In Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''Literature/RuledBritannia'', some of Shakespeare's plays got different titles, at least. One of his major hits there was ''[[Theatre/{{Hamlet}} Prince of Denmark]]''. He's also noted to be working on ''[[Theatre/LovesLaboursLost Love's Labours Won]]'', whose plot is notably changed to accommodate the Catholic hegemony. [[spoiler:The plot centers around two new plays he writes: ''King Philip'', a tribute to the late King of Spain who conquered England, and ''Boudicca'', which sparks a rebellion that drives the Spanish out of England. While he wrote ''King Philip'' more or less under orders from the Spanish authorities, he did put his full energies into it, and later asks that it be performed.]]
** Incidentally, Shakespeare apparently ''did'' write "Love's Labours Won", though it was lost.
* In Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''Literature/{{Worldwar}}'' series, we have ''Rescuing Private Renfall'', a reference and homage to the movie ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' starring Creator/JamesDean. Dean also starred in ''The Battle of Chicago'', a depiction of an in-universe battle between the US Army and invading Space Lizards paralleling Stalingrad.
* Done in a very meta way in Creator/StephenKing's ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series. Eddie Dean mentions ''Film/TheShining'' as a film, which is initially a bit of a internal joke, as Stephen King wrote that too. It becomes much more significant later as Stephen King appears as a character within the story (in a different universe), along with the presence of characters from other Stephen King novels (which may also come from different universes). In the case of the ''Shining'' example, Eddie doesn't make a connection between it and meeting Stephen King later.
* In one of the many parallel universes featured in ''Outrageous Fortunes: A Novel of Alternate Histories'' by Steven W. White, ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' was still entitled ''Revenge of the Jedi'' and George Lucas based much of its action on Kashyyyk rather than Endor and had the Wookies rather than the Ewoks help the rebels destroy the second Death Star. Chewbacca even had a love interest! It seems these were part of Lucas' original plan for the film.
* ''Literature/AnnoDracula'':
** ''Literature/JohnnyAlucard'' opens in TheSeventies with Francis Ford Coppola in Transylvania, shooting a TroubledProduction of ''Dracula'' that stars [[Film/ApocalypseNow Marlon Brando as Dracula and Martin Sheen as Jonathan Harker]]. Other movies are mentioned throughout the book, often bankrolled by Alucard: ''Film/{{Bat 21}}'' and ''Film/TopGun'' are both about the US Army's vampire soldier project; ''Film/TheRock'' has a completely different story because Alcatraz is still operational as a vampire prison, and so on. The sixties ''Series/{{Batman}}'' series [[InSpiteOfANail is unchanged]], although reference is made to the fact it pretends the very real Batman isn't a vampire.
** Earlier, ''Literature/DraculaChaChaCha'' included a section about the phenomenon of AlternateHistory novels, popularised by Bram Stoker's famous book where the Count lost. ''Literature/IAmLegend'' is about Dracula settling in America instead of Britain; ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour Big Brother]]'' is about the Communists taking over the UK in Dracula's wake; and ''Literature/ADanceToTheMusicOfTime'' is a very subtle one; it takes some reading before you realise it's set in a universe where ''[[AllohistoricalAllusion there aren't any vampires at all]]!''
** ''Dracula Cha Cha Cha'' also has a subplot in which an Italian film company is making a version of ''Jason and the Argonauts'' starring Creator/KirkDouglas, Creator/OrsonWelles (as the ship), Creator/FritzLang (as the voice of God), and ''Clark Kent''[[note]]whose career is depicted as paralleling that of Steve Reeves (no relation to [[Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman George]] or [[Film/{{Superman}} Christopher]])[[/note]].
* In ''Literature/TheYiddishPolicemensUnion'', Creator/OrsonWelles succeeded in making his film adaptation of ''Literature/HeartOfDarkness''.
* Another take on this trope is alternate histories with their own alternate fiction.
** ''Literature/TheManInTheHighCastle'' by Creator/PhilipKDick contains an alternate 1960s California controlled by the Japanese after a defeat of the Allies during WWII. There is mention of another alternate reality, apparently revealed to an author who writes a book about such an alternate in which the US does not lose WWII. This is slowly revealed not to be "our" alternate, but one dreamed up by the writer, and of no special significance.
** ''Resurrection Day'', by Brendan [=DuBois=], is set in a United States that has become a military dictatorship after the Cuban Missile Crisis turned hot. JFK is blamed for having started the war, but at one point an alternate history fiction is mentioned that proposed what would have happened to US history if he'd evaded the crisis. Needless to say, there's no out-of-the-blue event involving him being assassinated by a lone gunman.
* ''Literature/SmallChange''. Several references are made to a science fiction novel titled ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1974]]''.
* A Tim Pratt short story called "Impossible Dreams" runs with this, with the protagonist discovering a video store from an alternate timeline, with all the differences that come with it (and all the difficulties that come with actually renting, buying and *playing* the movies, since [[AlternateTechline the movie-playing technology in that universe is different]] and so, for the most part, is the monetary and credit system). Among the many differences include the survival of the full cut of ''Film/TheMagnificentAmbersons'' (but on the downside, Hearst prevented the release of ''Film/CitizenKane''), Creator/TomSelleck being ''Franchise/IndianaJones'', ''Film/TheBreakfastClub'' having a sequel, a Creator/JohnWayne WWII movie about the invasion of the Japanese Home Islands, and a famous female film director who doesn't exist in our timeline. [[spoiler: The woman who is the store's cashier is just as fascinated at the differences as the protagonist is.]]
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' the world the story is set in has contact with an alternate reality, a fact which is introduced when the protagonist watches the alternate versions of ''StarWars'' episodes 1 and 2. Her conclusion is that "they were still pretty disappointing".
* ''Literature/ThursdayNext'': Thursday recognises Captain Nemo from ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea''. Nemo mentions only appearing in one novel, which means that Creator/JulesVerne never wrote ''Literature/TheMysteriousIsland'' in this world.

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/{{Fringe}}'''s featured alternate universe, there's quite a bit of this.
** Many Creator/DCComics properties are slightly different - Franchise/GreenLantern and Comicbook/GreenArrow are [[HilariousInHindsight Red Lantern and Red Arrow]], ComicBook/JonahHex is a member of ComicBook/JusticeLeagueInternational instead of Guy Gardner, Franchise/{{Superman}} died in ''Comicbook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' instead of Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} and, apparently, ''Comicbook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'' and ''Comicbook/TheDeathOfSuperman'' have switched their main stars, becoming ''The Man of Steel Returns'' And ''The Death of Batman''.
** In Season 4's version of the alternate universe, a character called "[[AnimalThemedSuperbeing The Mantis]]" fills the same role in pop culture that Batman does.
** Eric Stoltz is Marty [=McFly=] in ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', obviously based on the fact that [[TheOtherMarty Stoltz was the second choice to play Marty]] in RealLife. (Michael J. Fox was the original choice, but was unavailable because of ''Series/FamilyTies''. Stoltz was lined up for the part but a few weeks of filming showed he wasn't right for it, so they tried even harder for Fox.)
** At one point, Broadway is shown in the alternate universe, complete with a poster for the musical ''[[Theatre/{{Cats}} Dogs]]''.
** One character mentions offhandedly that ''Film/TaxiDriver'' was directed by Creator/FrancisFordCoppola.
** There is mention of ''Series/TheWestWing'' continuing several years longer than in our world, apparently with President Matthew Santos as the new protagonist.
** In one episode Lee uses the phrase "[[Film/TheMalteseFalcon The stuff that dreams are made of]]" and claims to be quoting Creator/CaryGrant; in another Fauxlivia thinks ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'' starred UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan. Apparently, Over There's Creator/HumphreyBogart just didn't have a career.
* Given that every episode of ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' featured at least two or three parallel universes, this trope comes up occasionally. In a universe where the traditional gender roles were reversed, TV shows included ''[[Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir The Fresh Princess of Bel-Air]]'' and ''[[Series/HanginWithMrCooper Hangin' with Mrs Cooper]]'' while another episode mentioned ''[[Series/GilligansIsland Skipper's Island]]''. In terms of films, one episode referred to ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture Part IV'' while another showed Quinn, Rembrandt and Maggie outside of a cinema advertising ''Film/TheManWhoWouldBeKing'' starring Clark Gable and Humphrey Bogart. This was based on the fact that John Huston had tried, unsuccessfully, to make a version of the film with those iconic Golden Age stars in the 1950s. A DeletedScene from the pilot mentioned that Ronald Reagan was the Mayor of San Francisco in 1995 and that he was best known as an actor for playing the first Howard "Mr. C" Cunningham in ''Series/HappyDays''.
** In the episode "World Killer", which included the aforementioned example of ''The Man Who Would Be King'', the same cinema marquee in a different universe advertised ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' starring Shirley Temple and W.C. Fields. In real life, those actors were considered for the respective roles of Dorothy and the Wizard before Judy Garland and Frank Morgan were cast.
* In the universe of ''Series/TheWalkingDead'', zombie fiction doesn't exist. Hence, the characters are [[GenreBlindness Genre Blind]] and use any word to describe the zombies *except* "zombie".
* In the [[DistaffCounterpart female-orientated]] parallel universe visited by the crew of ''Series/RedDwarf'', Jeremy Greer wrote the seminal masculinist work ''The Male Eunuch'' while Wilma Shakespeare was responsible for the English language's greatest plays, including ''The Taming of the Shrimp''.
* Since the introduction of TheMultiverse in ''Series/TheFlash2014'', characters from other Earths made references to different versions of movies. Apparently, Earth-19's version of ''Film/StarWars'' features Luke Starkiller. This is a reference to Luke Skywalker's name being Annikin Starkiller in the original script. Apparently, Earth-19's Lucas only changed the first name of his character.

[[folder: Music]]
* ''Everyday Chemistry'' is an album of mashups derived from songs created by the members of Music/TheBeatles during their solo career, with the central conceit being that it's actually an album from a parallel universe where they never broke up.

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Infinite Worlds'', set in a world with regular cross-dimensional travel, includes a list of "alternate bestsellers" that were brought home from other Earths. These include a complete ''Mystery of Edwin Drood'' by [[AuthorExistenceFailure Charles Dickens]], an account of the WWII invasion of Japan by [[RichardNixonTheUsedCarSalesman Admiral Robert Heinlein]], and a biography of Fidel Castro's years as a pitcher in the American League.

* The theatre lobby/waiting area for "It's Tough to be a Bug" in Disney's Animal Kingdom features posters for shows which have played in the theatre previously including "My Fair Ladybug" and "Beauty and the Bees," the implication being that in the universe of "A Bug's Life," they have their own versions of popular shows and movies.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'':
** In a demo, Elizabeth opens a dimensional "tear" to a 1980s street with a theater showing ''Revenge of the Jedi'' (the original proposed title for ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''). In the game proper, it's ''La Revanche du Jedi''.
** Columbia's liberal use of space-time anomalies means they have access to many songs well before their invention, leading to strange, 1912-esque versions of "[[Music/TearsForFears Everybody Wants to Rule the World]]", "[[Music/CyndiLauper Girls Just Wanna Have Fun]]", a barbershop-quartet version of "[[Music/TheBeachBoys God Only Knows]]", a soulful dirge "[[Music/CreedenceClearwaterRevival Fortunate Son]]", and others.
* ''VideoGame/WolfensteinIITheNewColossus'' has several alternate-universe television shows that serve as Nazi propaganda, like ''Liesel'' (''Series/{{Lassie}}'', but with a giant RobotDog), ''[[Franchise/GIJoe Elite Hans]]'', ''[[Series/{{Batman}} Blitzmensch]]'', and ''[[Series/LeaveItToBeaver Trust in Brother]]''.

[[folder: Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' has an extended gag about this, in TheRant to [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0050.html comic #50.]] ''Franchise/StarWars'' doesn't exist in the players' universe, because the comic wouldn't make sense if it did. So various other ''Star Wars''-influenced things are also different, including ''Darths and Droids'' itself, which has become ''[[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/wandsandwarts/episodes/0050.html Wands and Warts,]]'' a ''Literature/HarryPotter'' comic. There's a link to a mockup of a ''Wands and Warts'' page, with a similar rant at the bottom, except that it links to a comic based on ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'' (''Notes And Nazis''), and so on and so on.
** In fact, ''all'' {{Campaign Comic}}s wouldn't make sense if their source material existed.
** This goes through several more steps and comes around full circle in the ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' comic, ''Barnacles & Bilgewater'', where TheRant actually makes reference to ''Franchise/StarWars''.
*** It's since continued past that, unabated, with 24 levels of it thus far.
** It also comes full circle in a different way in [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/postcard/?comic=121 the rant of this strip]] of ''[[Webcomic/{{Mezzacotta}} Comments On a Postcard]]''.
* A ''Webcomic/VGCats'' [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=243 comic]] shows a world where Aerith and Leo are dogs who play games such as ''[[Franchise/MortalKombat Minor Konflict]]'' and the ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog''-esque ''Yoshi the Dinosaur''.
** More specifically, the setting of that strip is an alternate universe where Creator/{{Nintendo}} dropped out of the console market in 2001 instead of Creator/{{Sega}}.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Catena}}'', the characters (who are anthropomorphic cats) go to see the musical ''[[Theatre/{{Cats}} People]]''.
* In ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'', Commander Badass [[http://thepunchlineismachismo.com/archives/284 claims]] that he was once sent back in time to [[MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight win the Vietnam War for America]]...only to then be sent back again to [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong undo his actions]] because a world without the Franchise/{{Rambo}} movies was too bizarre.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Rhapsodies}}'' Creator/DavidLean's ''Literature/{{Dune}}'' [[http://rhapsodies.wpmorse.com/06282010/ is mentioned.]]
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Elliot, Sarah, Grace and Tedd go to see ''[[Film/DragonHeart Dragon]] [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=341 Liver]]''.

* Website/AlternateHistoryDotCom has a few pop culture-fueled timelines where a lot of movies\TV shows\albums get different. The non pop-culture focused timelines also often mention how films etc. have changed as a result of the PointOfDivergence.
** ''Literature/FearLoathingAndGumboOnTheCampaignTrailSeventyTwo'': The timeline periodically refers to which films won that year's Academy Awards. At first they're mostly the same films as our timeline, but as the years go on and changes accumulate, more and more different films appear--often reflecting the different influences from the changes in the global situation. The timeline also mentions changes in television: for example, Creator/GeneRoddenberry made ''Franchise/StarTrek: Phase II'', ''Franchise/StarWars'' was never made after Creator/GeorgeLucas died in a car crash, and ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' had a different arc based on the increased poverty in this world's version of the United States. According to Roger Ebert, the fourth ''Film/DirtyHarry'' movie featured "A washed up old quarterback who couldn't act," because Creator/ClintEastwood was sick and tired of creating racist propaganda. There's also an in-universe 1984 film.
*** Film/WallStreet also changes drastically. Film/BackToTheFuture is also heavily changed by the political climate and various other butterflies-for starters, Biff and George work at the local telephone company, (which is important later) but besides that, everything goes as planned, [[ForWantOfANail save for a 1980s "brick box" cell phone hidden in Doc's car, which is a Camaro this time]]. However the movie has a ''very'' tragic ending-[[spoiler: George ends up with the phone, and the timeline's communication technology advances ridiculously fast, making the [=McFlys=] incredibly rich-but at the cost of Marty not existing. The filmmakers confirm that it was a dig at the current political climate, especially its historical revisionism.]] Film/PaleRider is different as well, as is The Coca-Cola Kid, which, in the American cut, features the protagonist getting the local eccentric committed to a psychiatric institution and claiming his current assistant is a Communist spy. Someone was trying to write a message about the current political climate there...
** ''Literature/LookToTheWest'': No media after about the 1760s is the same as our timeline's. Periodically examples of literature, art and music are discussed. One major change is that, because Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart became a military leader rather than a musician, classical music has not had the influence of his works. Architecture is also very different: the alternate French Revolution favoured utilitarian buildings rather than neoclassicism like OTL, so neoclassical architecture is less discredited, and increased trade with India and China means there is a fashion in Europe in the 1820s for emulating Oriental styles of architecture. SpeculativeFiction, here known as paracthonic romance, has different traditional tropes and genre boundaries. For instance, what OTL would consider [[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness "hard" sci-fi]] is instead considered a branch of speculative romance (i.e. alternate history) rather than scientific romance (i.e. science fiction).
** ''Literature/AWorldOfLaughterAWorldOfTears'': Due to the increasing conservatism of President Disney's America, many filmmakers and musicians flee to Europe, leading to a much different pop-cultural development. Creator/OrsonWelles encounters Creator/EdWood, hires and befriends him, and films a version of ''Faust'', which becomes a massive success; [[Music/TheBeatles the Quarrymen]] are a jazz-fusion combo; Creator/{{Motown}} takes off in England...
** ''Literature/ThatWackyRedhead'' was the original pop culture timeline -- it starts with Creator/LucilleBall not selling Creator/DesiluStudios to Creator/{{Paramount}}, and continues with the accumulating changes from there. They naturally start out in television.
** ''Literature/AGiantSuckingSound'': This timeline focuses a lot on popular culture, specifically how the events of the timeline influence it. Sam Raimi directs the Star Wars prequels, which become critically acclaimed, Creator/GeorgeLucas and Creator/ChristopherNolan make a film adaptation of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', Creator/HayaoMiyazaki produces a film of ''Manga/BarefootGen'', etc.
** ''Literature/PlayerTwoStart'' has Creator/{{Nintendo}} and Creator/{{Sony}} managing to work out their differences over the [[UsefulNotes/SNESCDRom Super Nintendo CD addon]], leading to, foremost, an altered UsefulNotes/{{console war|s}} where Sega is still a major player. It also has a side effect of causing major butterflies in the other entertainment fields, namely comics, movies, and children targeted productions.
** ''WebOriginal/DirtyLaundryAnAlternate1980s'' has a focus on music, starting with Don Henley's first album being a flop because that song doesn't get recorded. This goes on to affect not just music but TV and film, including the invention of an entirely new mashup musical genre.
* In one episode of ''Podcast/TheLostCat'', the narrator journeys to a parallel universe and learns that, while the ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' films exist, the star was Creator/SylvesterStallone.
* The ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'' has [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1756 SCP-1756,]] a DVD player that causes any film played in it to be replaced by an episode of ''Series/SiskelAndEbert'' reviewing it. If the film hasn't been reviewed on the show, it plays a new episode with the critics reviewing it as they normally would, even if the film came out after their deaths. The device works on non-movies as well, and there are episodes of Siskel and Ebert critiquing television shows, video games, music CD's, books on CD-ROM, and live news broadcasts (including ''Gene Siskel's memorial service'') as if they were theatrically released fiction films. WordOfGod suggests a distraught ''Siskel and Ebert'' fan created it as a gateway to another universe, possibly the afterlife.
** The Spanish language version of the site features this with [[http://lafundacionscp.wikidot.com/scp-es-061 SCP-061,]] a VCR that distorts movies and television shows played with it based on WhatCouldHaveBeen. The effect works on non-fiction works as well, such as the documentary about Carthage ''winning'' the UsefulNotes/PunicWars.