Some SpeculativeFiction writers like to keep close to home, [[TheMilkyWayIsTheOnlyWay limiting their characters' travel to within their home galaxy]]. For one reason or another, no one is allowed outside the galactic borders.

Other works of fiction, however, think bigger. Much, much bigger, to the point of being on a universal scale. These works of fiction do not limit their characters to travel within their own galaxy, allowing at least some people to travel freely from galaxy to galaxy, or at least do it without too much difficulty to make it worthwhile.

Contrast to TheMilkyWayIsTheOnlyWay and WhatOtherGalaxies.



[[folder:Anime and manga]]
* {{Interstella5555}}: The aliens come to Earth from another galaxy via a [[OurWormholesAreDifferent wormhole.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Creator/MarvelComics: Most of the major [[TheEmpire space empires]] have their own galaxy. The Skrulls have Andromeda, the Kree have the Large Magellanic Cloud and the Shi'Ar have their own fictional galaxy.
** The ''ComicBook/SilverSurfer'' could scoot around the galaxies with little effort.
** ''Ego The Living Planet'' comes from the Black Galaxy.
* ''Creator/DCComics''
** Franchise/{{Superman}} and ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'': Most continuities put their home planet Krypton in our galaxy but in ''ComicBook/SupermanBirthright'', it's in the Andromeda Galaxy.
** Each individual ''ComicBook/GreenLantern'' is in charge of policing 1/3600 of the universe. By modern estimates, that would include tens of millions of galaxies.
** ''HawkMan'': Hawkman's home planet Thanagar used to orbit the real life star, Polaris. But it has since been retconned into the fictional Polaris Galaxy.
** ''ComicBook/DCOneMillion'': The [[TheFederation United Planets]] government from the LegionOfSuperheroes has been replaced by the United Galaxies.
* ''Alien Legion'': [[TheFederation Tophan Galactic Union]] is spread across three galaxies, others are sometimes visited.
* ''ComicBook/{{Saga}}'' Is all [[TheMilkyWayIsTheOnlyWay set within one galaxy]] but Alana suggests fleeing to another galaxy to avoid the war, as other people have done.
* ''ComicBook/StrontiumDog'' mostly refers to the universe as "The Galaxy" but some planets are quoted as being millions of light years away from each other. The Walrog invaders are said to be from the Isthman Galaxy.

* WordOfGod says that the prawns from ''Film/{{District 9}}'' come from the Andromeda Galaxy.
* The Transylvanians from ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' don't come from the Romanian province, they're from [[spoiler: the galaxy of Transylvania.]]
* The movie tagline and the {{novelization}} say that ''ETTheExtraTerrestrial'' is 3 million light years from home, so he must be from another galaxy.
** Due to the fact that some aliens that look like E.T. make a cameo in ThePhantomMenace and that the ExpandedUniverse said that they intended to make an expedition to another galaxy, popular {{Fanon}} has it that E.T. comes from the StarWars Galaxy.
* ''Film/{{Paul}}'' comes from the Andromeda Galaxy.
* In ''Film/SupermanTheMovie'', Jor-El mentions that Superman will have to pass through six galaxies to reach Earth; he also talks about the 28 known galaxies a lot.
** A deleted scene says that Krypton is in the fictional Xeno Galaxy, the satellite readout in ''Film/SupermanIII'' confirms this.
** In ''Film/{{Supergirl}}'', a news report near the start says that Superman is on a [[DeusExitMachina peacekeeping mission]] in a galaxy hundreds of trillions of light years away.
* ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}'':
** [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Ming The Merciless]] is implied to rule the entire universe. Every thousand years, he tests every inhabited planet with natural disasters and wipes them out if they recognize that an alien is causing them. This would explain why the only planets we see besides Earth are Mongo and its [[BabyPlanet various moons]].
** When Hedonia brings Dale an alcoholic drink, she says "Many brave men died to bring it here from the the [[PleasurePlanet galaxy of pleasure]]".
* ''Dracula 3000'' is set in a region of space [[SciFiWritersHave/NoSenseOfDistance inconsistently referred to]] as the Carpathian System and the Carpathian Galaxy.
* The ''Morons From Outer Space'' [[CasualInterstellarTravel vacation]] from the planet Blob, 14 million light years away.
* ''GalaxyQuest'': The {{Novelization}} the events in outer space are happening in another galaxy.
* ''Film/BattlefieldEarth'': The [[GalacticConqueror Psychlos]] generally think nothing of conquering entire galaxies. This is actually scaled down from the [[Literature/BattlefieldEarth original book]] where they ruled [[MultiversalConqueror several universes]].
* In ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' they travel to the planet Abydos in the Kaliem Galaxy which is on the other side of the known universe. The [[StargateSG1 TV show]] retcons Abydos as being in our galaxy but shows intergalactic travel as being difficult but possible.
* In ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'', Lone Starr says he was born in the Ford Galaxy.

* In the SectorGeneral books, a stricken ship from a newly discovered race (called, oddly, the Ians) is discovered to be from another galaxy.
* The original book of ''ThisIslandEarth'' had the friendly aliens decide to pull their forces back "out of this galaxy".
* In the Creator/RobertAHeinlein novel ''Literature/HaveSpaceSuitWillTravel'', the Three Galaxies government covers three galaxies: the Lesser and Greater Magellanic Clouds and the Milky Way. They have ships that can travel instantaneously between galaxies.
* Creator/IsaacAsimov has a short story called "The Last Question", which goes far enough into the future to see intergalatic travel.
* Creator/EEDocSmith's ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' series includes travel between the Milky Way and another galaxy using an inertialess drive (the Bergenholm). In this instance, intergalactic travel actually allows slightly higher speeds than normal- there's less matter in intergalactic space, so less friction. It doesn't even limit itself to [[spoiler:one universe]]. An accident in a hyperspatial tube sends some of the characters to [[spoiler:another ''universe'' with a different set of physical laws.]] [[LensmanArmsRace Which they promptly weaponize]].
* The empire of humanity in ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'' is supposed to span the entire universe. Space-folding Heighliners can go anywhere, taking the same amount of time to reappear orbiting a planet in a neighboring star system as they do to reappear orbiting a planet in a different galactic supercluster.
** Somewhat played with in that, despite being able to go anywhere, humanity mostly sticks to the same planets it already traveled to before Foldspace technology. Part of the purpose of GodEmperor [[Literature/ChildrenOfDune Leto II's]] [[Literature/GodEmperorOfDune Golden Path]] is to [[Literature/HereticsOfDune get humanity to expand out much further]] and really touch the ends of the universe.
*** In ''Literature/ChapterhouseDune'' it is speculated that Foldspace may even move people between universes as part of a multiverse. This is because even after 15 millennia, no-one really knows how Holtzman's technology works.
* The [[spoiler: Kiint]] in the [[NightsDawn Night's Dawn trilogy]] reveal themselves to be of extragalactic origin (or at least to have an extragalactic presence, depending on if they were telling the whole truth). And eventually, [[spoiler: humanity moves outside of the galaxy too.]]
* In Creator/RogerZelazny's interstellar ScienceFantasy, ''Literature/CreaturesOfLightAndDarkness'', Osiris' House of Life and Anubis' House of Death are located at "opposite ends of the universe". The Gods, of course, can travel anywhere in the universe they want. It's also suggested that the teleportation power of the mysterious Prince Who Was A Thousand may even allow him to travel to other universes. Finally, The Steel General's horse Bronze can, in defiance of all laws of physics, travel twice as far with each step as with the previous. It's suggested that with enough run-up, he could circumnavigate the universe in a single stride.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' deals with multiple galaxies, referring to (inter)galactic tyrants as having conquered hundreds of the things. Speed is more or less never mentioned, as ships move at a Speed of Plot even more variable than usual, and magical teleportation is really handy in avoiding those annoying "laws of physics" things.
** ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' has the Rangers searching for Zordon, whom the LegionOfDoom made off with in the premiere. We get at least one instance of Andros saying something to the effect of "well, the scan's done and he's not in ''that'' galaxy; let's move on." It's said as casually as if they'd glanced into a room in a house and seen no sign of someone; "nobody in there, let's check the kitchen." The vastness of intergalactic space really is nothing to the Rangers.
** A ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' episode, however, proves that SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale (or Kids' Show Writers Just Don't Care About Scale, anyway.) The Rangers are traveling at light speed to the Farthest Galaxy. Now, the distance to the farthest known is over '''thirteen billion light years.''' But wait, the place they ''named'' the Farthest Galaxy might actually not be that far, you say? Well, the ''nearest'' galaxy, good ol' Andromeda, would be a 2.5 million year trip at light speed. Worse, "light years" ''are'' mentioned. You'd think even if they didn't know the math, they'd know that light speed plus light years equals a team of octogenarians with attitudes.
* As you might expect from a show called ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'', this isn't the case for Captain Dylan Hunt and his ragtag band of adventurers. They regularly travel between three galaxies, the Milky Way, Andromeda and Triangulum, and they only reason they don't go further is because those other galaxies haven't been colonized or contacted yet. It has been stated in the background material that the more well-traveled a slipstream route is, the easier it is to transverse.
* Oddly enough, the Kelvans from ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' actually did bother to do the three hundred year journey from Andromeda to the Milky Way. They were quite prepared to spend another three hundred getting home once we were conquered, then ANOTHER three hundred coming back with a proper invasion force. If Kelvans can predict the extinction of their home that far in advance and can act to avoid it, they are people to be reckoned with. Oh, and remember that they don't use suspended animation, they lived and died and had children in deep space to replace themselves. With respect to the barrier, their leader says the barrier is the reason they lost their own ship and needed to steal the ''Enterprise''.
* Since [[Series/DoctorWho the TARDIS]] can go anywhere in time and space, it should come as no surprise that, outside of [[MostWritersAreHuman a disproportionate fondness for Earth and humanity in general]], distance poses no obstacle to the Doctor. In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife The Doctor's Wife]] Eleven and companions even go "outside" the universe (complete with a little bit of LampshadeHanging on the terminology).
** Not just the TARDIS, either - the various incarnations of the 'Great and Bountiful Human Empire' cover multiple galaxies each.
* The ''Franchise/StargateVerse'' had extragalactic travel via Stargate established as possible fairly early on (it just needs eight chevrons and a ''lot'' of power), and ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' takes place almost entirely in a separate galaxy (the Pegasus Dwarf Irregular Galaxy, to be precise), with travel to and from Earth taking only a couple of weeks at worst. By the end of the series four separate galaxies (Milky Way, Pegasus, Ida, and the unnamed Ori home galaxy) were accessible. ''Series/StargateUniverse'', as the name implies, goes even further, with the ''Destiny'' traveling the universe dozens of galaxies away from the Milky Way.
* Aliens in ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' tend to talk about the 28 known galaxies as a reference to Film/SupermanTheMovie.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' mostly has its action confined to the Milky Way, with humans in particular limited in how far they can travel by the psychic beacon produced by the Emperor. The Tyranids, however, have travelled from at least one other galaxy. Depending on the true size of the hive/organism, they could have consumed many before reaching this one, and could even be the size of a galaxy or bigger them/itself.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Homeworld}}'' games, while it is impossible to travel to another galaxy in-game, the three Progenitor hyperspace cores are said to be powerful enough to be able to cross extragalactic distances. Also, the ''Naggarok'' was an experimental ship built by a race in another galaxy, which they tested by traveling to the ''Homeworld'' galaxy. Unfortunately, they picked up something while in hyperspace. Some sources suggest that, after the ''Naggarok'' destruction, its core was salvaged by the Vaygr, making it the Third Core that allowed them to move against the Hiigarans.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'': The Ark is revealed in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'' to be located outside the Milky Way. The Flood are implied to be extragalactic in origin as well.
* The Ceph from ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}}'' are from the Triangulum Galaxy. Apparently, the very first Ceph arrived on Earth about 65 million years ago and went into hibernation. In the third game, the Alpha Ceph manages to create a wormhole linking directly to its homeworld in Triangulum, and Prophet has to rush to close this wormhole before [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt a colony ship from the Ceph homeworld destroys humanity.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin}} 3'', the opening states that the Koppaites travelled 279,000 light years to reach PNF-404 (heavily hinted to be the Earth at some point in the distant future). While the exact size of the Milky Way is not precisely known, the largest estimates only put it at 180,000 light years in diameter, meaning that the planet Koppai must be located in another galaxy (there are a number of dwarf galaxies within that radius as possibilities).
* In ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX'', after rescuing [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter the Ma-Non]] from the Ganglion, you learn that there is a governing body called the Samaar Federation that has authority over a whopping '''six million lightyears.''' That means, at a minimum, the Samaar Federation controls at least three major galaxies: the Milky Way, the Andromeda Galaxy, and the Triangulum Galaxy (Andromeda and Triangulum are roughly 2.5 - 3 million ly away) as well as dozens of minor dwarf galaxies. Even more mindblowing is just how casually the Ma-Non tell you this, like it's no big deal. And then they tell you that the Ganglion, this [[ScaryDogmaticAliens incredibly powerful alien fleet you've been fighting]], are actually [[AlwaysABiggerFish just small fries]] and are nothing more than [[TheSyndicate a criminal syndicate.]]

* In ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', Petey has no particular problems with waging an intergalactic war against some dark-matter entities from Andromeda, thanks to Teraport technology - that is, true Teleportation, instant movement [[{{Fictionary}} regardless]] of distance.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' travels all over, up to and including the edge of the universe. Where there is a brick wall and coin-operated binoculars that let you look into the neighboring [[PlanetOfHats cowboy universe]].