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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)
** BattleEpic (sub-trope, when a movie is focused on war or a battle)

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.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Akira}}'', both the manga and [[EpicMovie the film]].
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'': A company of brave soldiers fight the people-eating giants who terrorize humanity and pursue the answers behind the horrifying mysteries of their world. It is basically a Heroic epic focused on Eren, but places major emphasis on his companions in the survey Corp., especially Mikasa and Armin.
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'': A group of alchemists are granted immortality by a demon, and after being betrayed by one of their own they travel around the world in search of other immortals while leading a [[DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster life of crime]] and encountering a large cast of other violent and unusual criminals in a tale that spans several decades, but mostly takes place in America during the Prohibition era.
* ''Manga/{{Basara}}''
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': In a world where fate is controlled by demonic forces, a warrior seeks the cure for his lover's insanity and revenge against the friend who betrayed them in exchange for godlike power. It fits the Heroic epic mold, being a long story about the multiple adventures and great deeds of Guts and his companions. As an added bonus, the manga and anime both begin InMediasRes and all versions include at least one trip to the underworld--or rather that universe's equivalent.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': A teenager is given the power of a shinigami and uses it to aid an organization dedicated to cleansing souls of evil and helping them pass on to the afterlife.
* ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis''
* ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'': In a world where monsters called Yoma prey on human and only a new special breed of female warriors can fight them, one of these warriors, Clare, seeks revenge against the creature that robbed her of a person she cared deeply about. The story starts off InMediasRes, following Clare in her missions and development as a person, it then grows to follow the adventures of group of survivors as they slowly understand that in their world things are not as they appear, and their actions will ultimately determine the fate of all of their own comrades and the land they live on.
* ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun''
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': Upon being granted a supernatural power to control people, a young genius takes control of the [[LaResistance resistance movement]] to liberate Japan from TheEmpire.
* ''Anime/TheDaggerOfKamui'': One of the earliest ninja epic of the genre.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'': Granted a supernatural notebook that will cause the death of whoever's name is written in it, a young genius plots to rid the world of criminals while the world's greatest detective attempts to end his reign of terror. A Heroic epic about a VillainProtagonist with elements of {{Tragedy}}.
* ''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'': The adopted son of a magus is forced into a seven-way battle for the Holy Grail between mages controlling resurrected heroes of myth and legend. A Heroic epic focused on Shirou and his companions.
** ''LightNovel/FateZero'': The story behind the tragic events of the Fourth Grail War, which set the stage for those of Fate/Stay night. This prequel decisively broadens the story into a [[GenerationalSaga Familial epic]] as a major theme is how the descendants of the Fourth War's participants inherited their parents' powers, conflicts, curses, and ideals.
* ''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.
** Also [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime]], which has the same basic premise but goes in a different direction halfway through.
* ''Manga/GetterRobo''
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'': With the most powerful vampire of all at their side, an elite government organization protects England from supernatural threats and goes to war with vampiric Nazis trying to take over the world.
* ''Manga/HunterXHunter''
* ''Manga/{{Inuyasha}}'': A high school girl falls into a well that transports her to Feudal-Era Japan, where she meets the titular Inuyasha, who travels with her and a group of other allies to find the scattered shards of the Shikon Jewel before the demon Naraku can obtain them.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'': A mighty hero studies a secret art in order to kill an undead vampire, setting in motion a multi-generational epic. This is definitely a [[GenerationalSaga Familial epic]], as it follows a bloodline of heroes through history with each story focused on a different member.
* ''Anime/KillLaKill'': A rebellious young woman equipped with a sentient power-enhancing uniform challenges a tyrannical student council president, seeking answers about the murder of her father.
* ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'': Two heroes and a supporting cast of hundreds find themselves on opposite sides of a war that will determine whether mankind will be ruled by democracy or autocracy -- and the choice isn't as clear-cut as it may seem on the surface.
* ''Manga/TheLegendOfMotherSarah'': A strong and determined woman travels a post-apocalyptic wasteland, searching for her lost children in the midst of a catastrophic war. Despite the theme of family it is basically a Heroic epic focused on Sarah.
* ''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}}'': A Japanese brain surgeon in Germany seeks to kill a young man whose life he once saved, who has grown up to be a deceiver and killer as terrible as the Antichrist.
* ''Literature/MoribitoGuardianOfTheSpirit''
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': A young ninja strives for greatness, and in the process is embroiled in a conflict that will decide the fate of the world.
* ''Anime/NeoHumanCasshern''
** ''Anime/CasshernSins''
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': After the apocalypse, a group of children are involuntarily charged with defending the remnants of the human race from alien beings seeking their destruction, 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'': Tainted by a demonic curse that will end his life, a wise prince struggles to end a war between the deities of the forest and the humans of Irontown.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': Approached by a creature who offers to make her a magical girl, an ordinary girl is plunged into a destructive cycle of suffering, tragedy, and despair that determines the fate of the entire universe.
** ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion''
* ''Roleplay/RecordOfLodossWar''
* ''Anime/RobotRomanceTrilogy''
** ''Anime/CombattlerV''
** ''Anime/VoltesV''
** ''Anime/{{Daimos}}''
* ''Anime/RedPhotonZillion''
* ''Anime/RoninWarriors''
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': After losing everything in a war that changes Japan forever, a wandering swordsman vows never to kill again and settles down in a dojo thats fallen on hard times, finding friends, love and a new home for himself while dealing with his past and stopping rebels who seek to overthrow the current government.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon''
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya''
* ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman''
* ''LightNovel/ScrappedPrincess''
* ''Manga/SoulEater'': Three masters and their shape-shifting human weapons fight the ultimate embodiment of madness.
* ''Manga/SoulHunter'': A young Immortal on a quest to defeats and seals rogue immortals on human world and in doing so, involves in a plot that could changes the fate of the entire planet.
* ''Anime/StrikeWitches''
* ''Anime/{{Tekkaman}}''
** ''Anime/TekkamanBlade''
* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo''
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': A timid boy granted the key to a unique mecha grows into a hero who will liberate humanity from its oppressors through sheer willpower and passion.
* ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'', especially the manga.
* ''Manga/TwentiethCenturyBoys''
* ''Manga/VinlandSaga'': The story of a young viking hell-bent on revenge for his fathers murder, until he stands before nothing.
* ''Literature/KemonoNoSoujaErin''
* ''Manga/UshioAndTora''
* ''VideoGame/{{Utawarerumono}}'': National epic of Tuskuru, under Emperor Hakuoro.
** ''VideoGame/UtawarerumonoItsuwariNoKamen''
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'': A juvenile delinquent dies, then gets brought back from the dead to help the afterlife solve paranormal mysteries and defeat powerful demons.
* ''Anime/{{Zambot3}}''

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/AlbedoErmaFelnaEDF''
* ''ComicBook/AtomicRobo''
* ''Comicbook/GrantMorrisonsBatman''
* ''ComicBook/{{Bone}}''
* ''ComicBook/CerebusTheAardvark''
* ''ComicBook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck''
* ''ComicBook/OneHundredBullets'', an epic in the style of FilmNoir.
* ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}''
* ''{{ComicBook/Prophet}}''
* ''{{ComicBook/Saga}}''
* ''Comicbook/TheSandman''
** Also its popular spinoff series ''ComicBook/{{Lucifer}}''.
* ''ComicBook/JMSSpiderMan''
* ''[[{{ComicBook/Legacy}} Star Wars: Legacy]]''.
* ComicBook/AllStarSuperman
* Franchise/TheDCU.
* The Franchise/MarvelUniverse.
** Titles such as ''ComicBook/XMen'' and ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'' exemplify this.
** UltimateMarvel.
* ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye''
* ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}''
* ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}''

* ''Fanfic/ABoyAGirlAndADogTheLeithianScript''
* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars''
* ''FanFic/ADifferentMedius''
* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust''
* ''Fanfic/{{Atonement}}''
* ''Fanfic/{{Austraeoh}}'': [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Rainbow Dash]] flies east... for over 2 million words, far beyond the borders of Equestria, getting herself caught up in local troubles and [[DarkAndTroubledPast thinking as little as possible about why]].
* ''FanFic/BattleFantasiaProject''
* ''Fanfic/TheChildOfLove''
* ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod''
* ''FanFic/TheDilgarWar''
* ''Fanfic/DoingItRightThisTime''
* ''{{FanFic/Eugenesis}}''
* ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}''
* ''{{FanFic/Forward}}''
* ''FanFic/HalkegeniaOnline''
* ''Fanfic/{{HERZ}}''
* ''Fanfic/HigherLearning''
* ''FanFic/Hottie3TheBestFanFicInTheWorld''
** ''[[http://alaxr274.deviantart.com/gallery/46993107 Hottie 4: Even Better Sequel]]''
* ''FanFic/{{Infinity}}''
* ''Fanfic/{{Intrepid}}''
* ''Fanfic/LastChildOfKrypton''
* ''FanFic/TheLastDaughter''
* ''Fanfic/{{Lovehammer}}''
* ''FanFic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide''
* ''FanFic/{{Nightfall}}''
* ''Fanfic/NobodyDies''
* ''Fanfic/OnceMoreWithFeeling''
* ''Fanfic/TheOneILoveIs''
* ''Fanfic/PokemonMaster''
* ''Fanfic/PokemonMysteryDungeonSilverResistance'', an on-going, 600,000 word PMD story about a former human and Pokemon partner's quest to take down an all-supreme master that rules the land. Considered to be one of the most well-known PMD fanfics.
* ''FanFic/QueenOfTheSwarm''
* ''Fanfic/{{Quicken}}''
* ''Manga/ReTake''
* ''Fanfic/ScarTissue''
* ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry''
* ''Fanfic/ShinjiAndWarhammer40K''
* ''FanFic/SlayersTrilogy''
* ''Fanfic/SOE2LoneHeirOfKrypton''
* ''[[http://alaxr274.deviantart.com/gallery/33810717 Super Milestone Wars]]''
** ''[[http://alaxr274.deviantart.com/gallery/36864527 Super Milestone Wars 2]]''
** ''FanFic/SuperMilestoneWars3TheSupetastic6Rises''
* ''FanFic/TheSubspaceEmissarysWorldsConquest'', a ''[[{{Doorstopper}} ludicrously]]'' long story about two warriors and their quest to stop an ancient evil from destroying the world.
* ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji''
* ''FanFic/TiberiumWars''
* ''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.
* ''FanFic/TheUnitySaga''
* ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'' and its in-progress sequels ''The Keys Stand Alone'' and ''The Teeth of Their Skins.'' Affectionately referred to by the author as a "schleppic" because the trilogy is taking so long to finish.
* ''Fanfic/{{Wonderful}}''

* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'': a human soldier is granted control of an alien body to in order to learn their culture, but decides to take up the aliens' cause against human colonialist ambitions.
* ''Film/TheBirthOfANation''
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy''
* ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'': A general betrayed by a depraved emperor fights as a gladiator to save Rome from his tyranny.
* ''Film/TheGodfather''
* ''Film/{{Hero}}''
* ''Franchise/IndianaJones'': An adventurous archaeologist opposes corrupt 20th century dictatorships seeking to use powerful artifacts for nefarious purposes.
* ''{{Film/Interstellar}}'' fits this to a T. There's even a journey to the underworld [[spoiler: through a black hole.]]
* ''{{Film/Inception}}'' is also an epic in the classical sense. It even deals with a hero on TheHomewardJourney. The in-media-res opening, the three adventures, a symbolic journey to the underworld in the last act: it's all there. Chris Nolan seems to know TheEpic like the back of his hand.
* ''Film/KillBill''
* ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia'': An eccentric Englishman leads the Arabs against the Ottomans during World War I in pursuit of fame, and glory, and a state the Arabs can call their own.
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'': A young lion seeks to avenge his father's death and reclaim his birthright as king.
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'': Adapted from Literature.
* The Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.
* ''Franchise/TheMatrix''
* ''Film/OnceUponATimeInChina''
* ''Film/{{Patton}}'': A brilliant and egotistical general leads U.S. forces in World War II, helped by his great talent and hindered by his flaws.
* ''Film/StarshipTroopers''
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': The destiny of the galaxy is determined by the conflict between one mystic order representing good and another representing evil. Taken individually, the Prequel and Original trilogies are the epics of Anakin and Luke Skywalker, respectively. Taken as a whole, the series is a [[GenerationalSaga Familial epic]] of the Skywalker family.
* ''Film/TheTenCommandments''

[[folder:Light Novels]]
* ''LightNovel/TheAmbitionOfOdaNobuna''
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''
* ''LightNovel/CrestOfTheStars''
* ''LightNovel/DirtyPair''
* ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero''
* ''LightNovel/FateZero'': see "Anime and Manga"
* ''LightNovel/GuinSaga''
* ''LightNovel/MaouNoHajimekata''
* ''LightNovel/MaoyuuMaouYuusha''
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}''
* ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana''
* ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline''

* ''Literature/TheAeneid'': An exiled Trojan hero seeks a home for his people, and must fight to win it.
* ''Literature/AmericanGods''
* ''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/TheBloodWarTrilogy''
* ''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.
* Literature/TheCulture novels.
* ''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'': A city boy, a retired palace guard, and a wild girl quest to reunite the magical gems that will give the lost heir to the throne the power to expel the evil Shadow Lord.
* ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'' of [[InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt Dante Alighieri]].
* ''Literature/DonJuan'' by Creator/LordByron is an AffectionateParody of TheEpic.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''
* ''[[Franchise/{{Dune}} The Dune Chronicles]]'' (particularly the first book ''Literature/{{Dune}}'', 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/TheFarPavilions'': The 1,000 page masterpiece from British author M.M. Kaye is set in mid to late 1800's British Raj India and follows the life of Ashton Pelham-Martyn; a British man in the service of the Raj who was raised as an Indian in his childhood, only to discover his British ancestry at the age of 12. Ashton struggles with his imbalance of self and his torn loyalities; not to mention his love of the beautiful Anjuli, an Indian princess.
* ''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).
* ''Literature/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/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy'', twisting the traditional HighFantasy epic around by showing a world where the EvilOverlord won [[spoiler: and exploring the consequences of overthrowing that overlord]].
* ''Literature/TheNameOfTheWind''
* ''Literature/{{Nibelungenlied}}''
* ''Literature/TheNightLand'', both an epic and a forerunner of the CosmicHorror Genre.
* ''Literature/NorthAndSouthUS''
* ''Literature/ThePassage''
* ''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/TheChildrenOfHurin'': An expansion of one of the stories in ''The Silmarillion'', following the tragedies befalling the children of Hurin.
* ''Literature/TechnicHistory'': A SpaceOpera based on a FramingStory that is a history that spans ages and focuses on the history of several intersteller civilizations, primarily the rise and fall of the Polesotechnic League and the Terran Empire. Contains numerous short stories, as well as a few novel length tales one or two of which would qualify as epics in their own right.
* ''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''
* The ''Literature/XeeleeSequence''

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''{{Franchise/Arrowverse}}''
** ''{{Series/Arrow}}''
** ''Series/TheFlash2014''
** ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow''
* ''Series/BabylonFive''
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
* ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' was intended as this and would've been had it not been CutShort.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones''
* ''Jumong'': Korean TV series about the legendary founder of Korea.
* ''Series/{{Rome}}''
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' in general
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'', especially if all the series take place in the same universe as some speculate.
* ''Series/TheXFiles''

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

* ''Music/FoodForTheGods'' by Music/{{Fireaxe}} spans three discs, and is just a few minutes under 4 hours long. It follows the history of religion throughout the centuries.
* ''[[Music/SoundHorizon Moira]]'', which was deliberately written to resemble classical Greek epics.
* ''Music/CoheedAndCambria'''s entire discography.

[[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.

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

* ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}}''
** ''Toys/{{Bionicle 2015}}''
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}''

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Pretty much every one with a plot, particularly role-playing games.
* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' series
* ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath''
* ''BaldursGate''
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' series
* ''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 characters, and a conflict culminating in World War III.
** ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' series
** ''VideoGame/NaziZombies''
* The ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' series, but especially ''VideoGame/DiabloIII''.
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuest''
* ''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/FireEmblemAwakening''
* ''VideoGame/ForeversEnd''
* ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar''
* ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' series
* 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/KingsQuest''
* ''VideoGame/LastScenario''
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''
* ''Franchise/MassEffect''
* ''Franchise/MetalGear''
* ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}''
* ''VideoGame/NetHack''
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' and its expansion ''NeverwinterNights2/MaskOfTheBetrayer'' especially.
* ''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/{{Shenmue}}'' and it's sequels.
* ''VideoGame/ShiningForce'' games
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei''
** ''VideoGame/Persona2''
* ''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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* ''{{Webcomic/Adventurers}}'' meets the standards, though it's far sillier than most examples.
* ''{{Webcomic/Archipelago}}''
* ''Webcomic/ClosedGate''
* ''Webcomic/EverBlue''
* ''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/HowToRaiseYourTeenageDragon''
* ''Webcomic/IronVioletTheShyTitan''
* ''Webcomic/KidRadd''
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''
* The various works set in {{Webcomic/Overside}}, such as ''Webcomic/RiceBoy'' and ''{{Webcomic/Vattu}}''.
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja''
* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod''
* ''Webcomic/SamAndFuzzy''
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', where [[HeroicComedicSociopath Schlock]] and Tagon's Toughs go from minor mercenaries to ''saving the galaxy''... and back. And forth.
* ''Webcomic/SeventySeas''
* ''{{Webcomic/Unsounded}}''

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

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Most shows based on superhero comics.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''
** Its sequel ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' applies as well.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''
* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' and it's sequel ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines''.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''
* The WesternAnimation/DCAnimatedUniverse; ''especially'' WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague.
* ''WesternAnimation/ExoSquad''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse2002'' was written as this in contrast to its episodic predecessors, but was sadly CutShort.
* ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' uses this structure mostly in its third and fourth seasons when it started using {{Story Arc}}s.
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars''
** Its follow-up, ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' applies as well.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is this [[GenreBusting and]] a SliceOfLife {{Dramedy}} series.
* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'': Mainly [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 the 2003 cartoon]] and [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 the 2012 one]].
* ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats1985''
** ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011''
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime''