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The Verse
The Verse is usually referred to with a show or franchise identifier (such as "Buffyverse", "Whoniverse", "Potter Verse", etc.). It is a crafted combination of setting-elements that define the rules for how the world works and sometimes provides for sharing of characters and continuity across more than one series. A Shared Universe refers to a fictional universe with multiple authors.

In terms of how things work within the universe, the Buffyverse for example is set up by Mutant Enemy in such a way that Our Vampires Are Different in a (fairly) uniform fashion, and certain characters can move back and forth between shows and refer to events on the other show as if they are in the same world. Such things are often defined in the Universe Bible, the one true repository of canon. These bibles may be condensed to a Universe Compendium, or published as a Universe Concordance. Some universes, the shared variety especially, have a pretty strict and orderly Canon. Others, especially those with many authors, spread across different media and over a long period of time, go all over the place. Most of them reside somewhere in-between.

Many 'verses have a thriving life in Expanded Universe form and spawn Tie In Novels, movies, comics and fanfic. However, these spin-offs may or may not count as Canon.

It is interesting to note that Brave New Words: The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction credits Orson Scott Card as the inventor of this term. He, however, says someone simply put the word Enderverse on a book jacket, and Card was credited for it. "The thing is, I hate that word. I didn't coin that word. And yet because it's on the title of a book of mine, my name is attached as if I made it up." It is more likely then that the Trope Namer is Firefly (See below for details).

One notable thing about the creation of Cross Over verses is that it is usually easy to link two or more works which contain no Speculative Fiction elements or major departures from actual history, but doing so with Speculative Fiction works can be difficult because the settings are more likely to contradict each other. For instance, the characters from two Dom Coms, or two Westerns, or even a Dom Com and an action drama can typically all bump into each other with no logical problem. But to declare that, say, Star Trek and Babylon 5 exist in the same world is very awkward because both have detailed future histories, catalogs of nearby alien races, and rules about physical laws which bear little to no resemblance to each other. This can be a headache for s.f. franchises (Hi, DC!) who try to merge unrelated verses together into a single whole.

Quite often confused with Shared Universe. A Shared Universe refers to a fictional universe written by more than just one or two real-world creators or authors. Also not to be confused with Expanded Universe which refers to a kind of secondary canon to the main Canon, in other media. See also the closely related term Canon. See also Canon Welding and Alternate Continuity.

This page concerns the concept behind a single universe, where many franchises (or individual facets of one franchise) exist in the same reality. For a multitude of universes, realities and timelines; see The Multiverse.
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    Anime and Manga 
  • The universe centered on the CLAMP school. And, in a larger sense, the entire CLAMP multiverse (as shown in Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle).
  • The Tenchiverse — home to the Tenchi Muyo! OVA series, Tenchi Muyo GXP, Isekai No Seikishi Monogatari and, reportedly, Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure.
  • "Turn A Space" as a way of uniting all Mobile Suit Gundam series preceding Gundam SEED into one continuity. Named after ∀ Gundam, which attempted to do this as a last hurrah for the franchise.
    • The name comes from the supposed original concept of ∀ Gundam, wherein creator Yoshiyuki Tomino intended to unite every anime he had created into a single universe; this is often used in lieu of the original nickname "Turn A Bang" (since Turn A was part of the "Gundam Big Bang Project" of 1999).
    • The "Turn A" in the title describes an inverted "A", the mathematical symbol meaning "For all", used in equations describing statements that apply to every member of a set.
  • The Pretty Cure multiverse.
  • Oddly enough, the brightly coloured, Hot Blood-filled Super Robot series GaoGaiGar and its sequels are said to take place in the same world as the twisted Real Robot/horror hybrid series Betterman.
  • The Blameverse of Cyber Punk / Body Horror manga master Tsutomu Nihei. So far consisting of, in rough chronological order:
    • Noise
    • Blame!!
    • Blame^2
    • Netsphere Engineer
    • When his later manga Biomega came out, it was widely believed to be an even earlier prequel, due to various similarities, including an organization known as Toha Heavy Industries appearing in both, but according to Word of God, Biomega has its own continuity.
  • The Akamatsuverse (aka the Negiverse), which seems to encompass Mahou Sensei Negima!, Love Hina, Itsudatte My Santa, Hito Natsu No Kids Game, AI Love You, and Negima's sequel series UQ Holder. Also Mao-chan, which cast was once visiting the Hinata Inn (from Love Hina), where they (most probably) met Naru.
  • Several works of Shirow Masamune seem to take place all in the same universe, at different points of time. Ghost in the Shell is set in the 2030s (depending on the adaptation), Real Drive in 2061, and Appleseed about 100 years later. While no direct connections are made, Dominion Tank Police, Appleseed and Ghost in the Shell all feature the small arms manufacturer Seburo, which is usually the brand of choice for the main characters. The TV adaptation of Ghost in the Shell has even further ties to Appleseed, with references to The American Empire/Imperial Americana, Poseidon Industries and Bioroids. Real Drive not only features prosthetic bodies, Operator androids, and cyberbrains from Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, but delves a bit deeper towards the benefits and problems to having or not having a Cyberbrain and being connected to the net in a society that depends on it. It also mentions a technological advancement of The Japanese Miracle radiation scrubber technology that Gohda invented.
  • The Naritaverse, for lack of a better term, entails the four light novels Baccano!, Vamp, Etsusa Bridge, and Durarara!!, written by Ryougo Narita. There is only some overlapping here and there, though, and never enough to change plot lines.
  • Key Visual Arts's Season verse of Kanon, Air, and CLANNAD.
  • Manta Aisora's verse, consisting of Haiyore! Nyarko-san, Miyamasanchi no Berutein and Valkyrie Works. Confirmation comes thanks to cameos both blatant and subtle (a radio show in Miyamasanchi no Berutein gets a write-in request from "Crawling Chaos", which is obviously meant to be Nyarko).
  • A Certain Magical Index and A Certain Scientific Railgun are often referred to as the "Raildex" verse. With the addition of A Certain Scientific Accelerator, there's some discussion about expanding the name, but no one can really agree on anything that doesn't sound ridiculous. The Japanese version is usually "To Aru" ("A Certain"), which is more inclusive.

    Comics 
  • Image Comics originally tried doing that. The first few issues of their early titles had Continuity Nods to other titles, and there were a few outright crossovers. But as time went on, every Image partner focused on their own titles, creating de-facto sub-universes that had less and less to do with each other. Marc Silvestri's and Jim Lee's titles maintained their connections longer then others, but eventually, even that feel by the wayside.In 1997, Wildstorm Universe, Top Cow Universe and Rob Lielfeld's Extreme Universe were written out of Image Universe via what can be best described as Reverse-Crisis on Infinite Earths in the Shattered Image mini-series (not to be confused with the more tongue-in-cheek Splitting Image mini-series). Since then, there have been a number of Image crossovers, but each creator was free to decide just how much that counts in their continuity.
  • The Kirkmanverse contains of Invincible, Invincible Presents: Atom Eve and Rex Splode, Astounding Wolf-Man, The Pact, Guarding the Globe, Brit, Capes, Tech-Jacket, Haunt, Superpatriot: America's Fighting Force, and Superpatriot: War On Terror. Pretty big for a fictional universe written by one guy.
  • The Motterverse: Consists of Mr. X, Electropolis and Terminal City, all created by Dean Motter.
  • Corey Lewis's one-shot graphic novel PENG takes place in the same universe as Lewis's graphic novel series Sharknife. Rocky Hallelujah, the main character of PENG, is the younger brother of Sharknife's protagonist Caesar Hallelujah. Additionally, Scott Pilgrim makes a one-page cameo in PENG, so if you really want to, you could consider that series as part of the same universe as well.
  • The Dreddverse consists of Judge Dredd and its various spinoffs, primarily Judge Anderson, Low Life, Armitage, Shimura, and The Blood of Satanus. Strontium Dog was shoved in sideways in "Top Dog" and "Judgement Day". Nobody's sure whether the Millsverse is part of it. Harlem Heroes is also part of the Dreddverse, at least in Broad Strokes, since Judge Giant is the grandson of Aeroball star John "Giant" Clay.
  • The Millsverse consists of everything Pat Mills wrote in British comics, including such strips as ABC Warriors, Nemesis the Warlock, Invasion!, Savage, and Flesh. The Dreddverse may be a subset, Depending on the Writer.
  • Chimaera Studios' superhero comics always took place in a shared universe, but it wasn't obvious aside from a few cameos/references until Chimaera Studios released its first team book, Consortium of Justice and used to connect a few other titles.
  • Arguably, the Scrooge McDuck comics (and, by extension, the shows DuckTales and Darkwing Duck) are in their own universe, with shared elements and even a few crossover characters. At one point they even tried a crossover with the then entire Disney Afternoon cartoon series then extant.
  • Fables is a surprisingly very large and expanded universe not created by a major company. It includes the main series Fables, Peter and Max: A Fables Novel, Jack of Fables, The Literals, Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall, Fables: The Last Castle, Cinderella: Fables are Forever, Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love, Fairest, and a Telltale Games series that is confirmed to be canon.
  • The DC Universe and Marvel Universe are two of the most widely recognized universes in comics.

    Fan Fiction 

    Film 

    Literature 
  • The Enderverse is the Trope Namer, although technically the creator wishes it never was (see the summary of the trope above), which includes Ender’s Game, the Speaker for the Dead trilogy, the Enders Shadow side series, and Ender In Exile, as well as a number of short stories and comics. It is far from the first example, however.
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which is more like a multi-media set of alternate continuities. This is lampshaded in Mostly Harmless, which explains away all the different continuities by talking about how the universe is just one path through 'The Whole Sort of General Mish Mash', constantly changing position. A similar solution was used by Discworld in Thief of Time.
  • The Duniverse, setting of Dune and its sequels.
  • Robert A. Heinlein had The Future History, a chronology spanning from the 1950s to many centuries into the future. It was written from 1939 to 1987, meaning parts of it were Alternate History by the end. It turned into a multiverse (The World As Myth 'Verse) near the end, with a set of crossovers that brought some of his non-Future History stories into The Verse. (Not to mention crossovers with the Oz series, Alice in Wonderland, and all fiction ever written. It got weird.)
  • Stephen King's 'Verse, which spins around The Dark Tower. Almost every novel he has ever written makes some small mention to at least one of his others. He is even a part of his own 'Verse, referred to, for example, as "That fella up in Bangor who can't write a sentence without the F-word." This is lampshaded in Misery, in which writer Paul Sheldon has trouble starting a new book without his concordance.
  • The P. G. Wodehouse verse in which the gentlemen of the Jeeves and Wooster, Blandings Castle and Psmith series know each other, often through the Drones Club. Specific links include Leave It to Psmith, in which Psmith and Freddie Threepwood team up for a Zany Scheme at Blandings Castle; and The Code of the Woosters, in which Bertie Wooster mentions Freddie as one of his acquaintences.
  • Larry Niven is noted for two popular settings in particular, Known Space, and The Magic Goes Away. His penchant for co-authors means that many angles on these settings have been written.
  • Niven and co-author Steven Barnes have created at least one distinct Verse together, that of Cowles Industries' Dream Park. The Descent of Anansi is set there, along with the Dream Park novels and a role-playing game.
  • Tortall, home to (so far) Song of the Lioness, The Immortals, Protector of the Small, Daughter of the Lioness, and Provost's Dog quartet/quartet/quartet/duology/trilogy.
    • The Circle Universe, home to Circle of Magic, The Circle Opens, and Will of the Empress quartet/quartet/book. Ole' Tammy likes her quartets, she does.
    • There's evidence in the first book of the first Circle Of Magic quartet that Tortall and The Circle Universe are connected—just a few hundred years apart from the events in each.
  • David Eddings has several:
    • Belgariad Universe, home to The Belgariad, The Malloreon, Belgarath the Sorcerer, and Polgara the Sorceress.
    • Elenium/Tamuli universe, home to (surprise, surprise) The Elenium and The Tamuli.
    • The Dreamers Universe, home to God-knows-what.
  • Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian and King Kull series take place in the same 'verse, with Conan's Hyborian Age forming after the great cataclysm that destroyed Kull's Atlantis. Kull has a guest appearance in the Bran Mak Morn story "Kings of the Night," linking it to Howard's historical stories. In addition, his modern day Conrad and Kirowan horror stories are linked, as Thoth-Amon's Ring of Set makes an appearance in "The Haunter of the Ring." It's arguable that all of Howard's stories occupy the same 'verse.
  • All of Christopher Moore's novels take place within the same universe, with locations and characters (both major and minor) taking on new, often very different roles in other books. This reached a peak during You Suck (itself a sequel to Bloodsucking Fiends), where a scene from A Dirty Job was retold from a different point of view. This is also the first time where a crossover with one of Moore's earlier novels doesn't make sense unless you read the book in question.
  • The Strugatsky Brothers' Noon Universe.
  • Older than Television: William Faulkner set most of his works in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County and often crossed over characters.
  • Erich Maria Remarque did this; characters from All Quiet on the Western Front appear or are referenced in his later works.
  • Bret Easton Ellis's novels. The narrator of Less Than Zero (Clay) appears in The Rules of Attraction, and narrates one chapter. One of the narrators of The Rules of Attraction (Sean Bateman) appears in American Psycho. The narrator of American Psycho (Patrick Bateman) appears in Glamorama, whose narrator, Victor is a minor character in The Rules of Attraction. Characters from Less Than Zero, The Rules of Attraction and American Psycho also appear in the short story collection The Informers.
  • While the Cthulhu Mythos is generally defined as an Expanded Universe, the "mythos proper", the elements that HPL (usually set in Lovecraft Country) himself wrote about, constitute a 'verse within the universe. Other writers have their own 'cycles' within it. Lovecraft himself just didn't care about continuity or consistency. Lovecraft deliberately sought to invoke the feeling of ancient mythology with his mutually inconsistent explanations - if mythology from thousands of years ago is a mess open to a wide variety of interpretations, then how would mythology several billion years old develop?
  • Jim Butcher's urban fantasy series of books, The Dresden Files, is commonly referred to by fans as the Dresdenverse. So is the TV series of the same name (also referred to as "TV-verse"). Incorporating elements from both the books and the TV series in fanfic is referred to as "comboverse." It turned into an Ascended Meme in the tabletop RPG. Considering the Breaking the Fourth Wall and Literary Agent Hypothesis stuff going on with the RPG rulebooks, this means one of the characters is referring to his own universe that way, which the titular Harry Dresden finds really weird.
  • Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga is also referred to as the Vorkosiverse.
  • Many of the fiction works of Andrew Greeley — including but possibly not limited to the Bishop Blackie, Nuala Anne McGrail and Angel books, plus The God Game — appear to all take place in the same shared universe.
  • Asmiov's Robot/Empire/Foundation 'verse. Contains nearly everything he ever wrote. And everyone's lost count of how much he wrote.
  • The various serial novels of Less Than Three Comics are all based in the <3-Verse.
  • Several of Sinclair Lewis's novels take place in the fictional state of Winnemac (surrounded by Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana).
  • The Alternate History 1632 by Eric Flint is often referred to as the 1632-verse, or the Ring Of Fire-verse, to distinguish it from the author's other alternate history series (including the Trail of Glory series).
  • The Humanx Commonwealth, Alan Dean Foster's best known Space Opera setting and home to the Flinx and Pip series of novels.
  • The Sprawl in William Gibson's first trilogy (and possibly his second as well) plus two short stories.
  • Much of James Alan Gardner's writing takes place in The League of Peoples Verse.
  • Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea: The Earthsea Trilogy (A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan and The Farthest Shore), as well as Tehanu, The Other Wind, Tales from Earthsea and the short stories which introduced Earthsea, The Rule of Names and The Word of Unbinding.
  • Ms. Le Guin also created the Hainish Universe, aka the Ekumen. Among the more well-known are The Dispossessed, The Left Hand of Darkness and The Word for World is Forest, though there are many others. A few works, such as The Eye of the Heron may or may not be set in the Hainish Universe.
  • All of Brandon Sanderson's adult fantasy, save the three Wheel of Time books he's published on behalf of the deceased Robert Jordan, take place on different worlds in the same universe, known as the Cosmere. This is not made clear in the books themselves (although several contain hints) but is information provided by Word of God.
  • Daniel Handler has said he intends to write more books about the ASOUE universe, not about the Baudelaires.
  • David Mitchell's books are noted for their interconnectivity. This is true within single stories (the wondering soul in one of Ghostwritten's narratives, whose travels take it full-circle); within single novels (Ghostwritten and Cloud Atlas which are both made up of several independent but connected stories), and between novels (and other works). For example, a character from the Frobisher narrative in Cloud Atlas features prominently in Black Swan Green. A minor character from Marco's narrative in Ghostwritten starts his story by waking up to a woman whose birthmark marks her as an iteration of the 'soul' that links all of the narratives in Cloud Atlas. The list goes on and on. Even in Mitchell's latest book, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, which was seen as a departure from his previous meta/post-modernist fiction into fairly 'straight' historical drama, there is at least one very subtle connection to his earlier book Number 9 Dream: the minor character Satsuki Miyake comes from Yakushima, hinting that she is the ancestor of Eiji Miyake, protagonist of the earlier work, who also hails from the tiny island. Insofar as Mitchell is writing about the 'real world', past or contemporary, this Verse is quite close to our own. However, Mitchell is also notable for writing science fiction elements into his books. If, as seems to be the case, all Mitchell's works are taking place in the same Verse, we are left to try and reconcile the end of Ghostwritten (which implies the self-aware super-computer created by the nice Irish scientist has decided to annihilate mankind) with the future-set episodes of Cloud Atlas (in the first instance a Soylent-Green-referencing consumerist dystopia; in the second instance a far-future-set 'last days of humanity'). The possibilities are fascinating...
  • Warrior Cats: The main series is fairly straightforward, but the Expanded Universe books are made up of several "sagas" that cover completely different parts of the world with a handful of intersecting characters.
  • A good portion of John Buchan's books (including The 39 Steps) are set in the same continuity, and many of his series shared supporting characters.
  • Rick Riordan, the writer of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Kane Chronicles and The Heroes of Olympus, has each of them set in the same universe. While one is a sequel to the first, The Kane Chronicles's Egyptian gods contrast with Percy's Greek gods. Also, in a short story, the main characters from both series met and fought Egyptian/Greek baddies together.
  • Deltora, the setting of the three Deltora Quest series, and various spinoffs such as The Deltora Book of Monsters.
  • The setting of David Weber's Honor Harrington series and its various spinoffs is commonly referred to as the Honorverse.
  • All (Colin) Bateman's books take place in the same universe. Dan Starkey, the Anti-Hero of one particular series has been mentioned in the Mystery Man series and makes an appearance in the once-off novel I Predict a Riot.

    Live Action TV 

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Dragon Gate USA, EVOLVE, Full Impact Pro, and SHINE. This isn't the first time Gabe Sapolsky put the promotions he books inside the same universe; he did it with Ring of Honor and Full Impact Pro (until ROH broke off from the WWN in 2009).
  • Chikara Pro and its "Wrestling Is" derivatives. (Wrestling Is Fun, Wrestling Is Art, ect). Briefly had a Kiyuko Pro but it did not last and Kaiju Big Battel, which did last but rarely crosses over with Chikara anymore.

    Tabletop RPGs 
  • Dungeons & Dragons features not just multiple universes (called Campaign Settings) but multiple cosmologies tying them together; still, the potential for crossover is there (In one of the video games, for example, a group of knights from Dragonlance end up trapped in the Forgotten Realms, while numerous references to the Planescape setting are made.
    • In fact, part of Planescape's purpose seems to be not just to allow such crossovers, but to say that stranger things can and indeed do happen every day on the planes.)
    • The Spelljammer setting had characters from one world travelling to others in "spaceships."
    • Ravenloft had characters from different settings finding themselves in its D&D world.
  • The Rifts Megaverse is a collection of universes consisting of Rifts' Earth, The living planet known as Wormwood, the Space Opera Three Galaxies universe, as well as Earths for each of Palladium's other games, such as the Palladium World (High Fantasy), Heroes Unlimited (Superheroes), and Nightbane.
  • The Third Imperium background to the science-fiction role-playing game Traveller.
  • In the Old World of Darkness, all the gamelines theoretically take place in the same universes, occasionally making references to monsters and concepts in other game lines within the verse. This is also true in the New World of Darkness, but is given less emphasis between gamelines.

    Video Games 
  • The laws of physics and various cultures depicted in the Myst games and books is often called the D'niverse (pronounced done-ni-verse) after the most prominent race in the storyline. Technically, it's actually a multiverse, connecting smaller universes called Ages...
  • Final Fantasy XII, its sequel Revenant Wings, Final Fantasy Tactics, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance and Final Fantasy Tactics A2 all take place within the world of Ivalice, as might Vagrant Story.
  • The Donkey Kong, Yoshi and Super Mario Bros. series' are all in the same universe. Mario and DK started off as enemies after all and DK still shows up in Mario spin off games and vice-versa.
  • Oddly enough, a subversion, inversion, or straight play in a video game, depending on who you ask: Aquaria. In fact, whether or not the Verse is the world around the main character eventually plays something of a major point in the plot. Not really a fandom trope, so much as a nice twist of words, though sooner or later there's bound to be Fan Fic...
  • Nippon Ichi's games such as Disgaea all take place in one Universe, one that you actually explore and learn more about in Makai Kingdom and also includes non-demon worlds such as the one seen in La Pucelle.
  • There's two distinct 'verses in the Tales Series. The "Destiny" 'verse contains Tales of Destiny and its direct sequel, Tales of Destiny 2 (though not Tales of Eternia). The "Aseria" 'verse contains Tales of Phantasia, Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon, Tales of Phantasia: Summoner's Lineage, Tales of Symphonia, and Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World.
  • The main Pokémon games take place in different regions of the same world. This becomes obvious with the presence of two regions in Gold, Silver, and Crystal and references to regions of past games in later games. All of the first four generations are actually in different regions of the same country, the equivalent of Japan in that universe. Starting from Pokémon Black and White with the debut of the Unova region, the series moves to a different country, apparently based on the United States of America.
  • The Irem arcade games In The Hunt, Undercover Cops, Air Duel and Gunforce 2 all takes place in the same post-apocalyptic universe and feature the D.A.S as the bad guys.
  • Street Fighter and Final Fight, along with the lesser known Slam Masters, all seem to take place in the same world. The most obvious evidence to this are appearances of various Final Fight characters as playable fighters throughout the Street Fighter games beginning with the Street Fighter Alpha series, as well as Mike Haggar's appearance in Slam Masters. But even before the release of Street Fighter II, Mike Haggar was referenced as a "former Street Fighter" in the intro to the first Final Fight and the Slam Masters cast are mentioned in Hugo's ending (a Final Fight transplant himself) in Street Fighter III 2nd Impact. One concept art for Street Fighter Alpha even shows that Birdie was a former tag partner to Titanic Tim from Slam Masters.
  • It's not yet as obvious as the examples above, but the When They Cry verse is starting to take form after Umineko no Naku Koro ni. Future games may still expound on it.
  • The Super Smash Bros.. Universe includes all the Nintendo series as fictional video games, and is in some way related to the Real Life Universe through Master Hand (possibly Crazy Hand as well).
  • Virtually every series made by Nippon ichi falls into two distinct verses: The world of Atelier, and the Netherworlds, which are a combination of Marl kingdom, La Pucelle, Disgaea, Phantom Brave, Makai Kingdom, Soul Nomad, and several others that were not even known to be in correlation including a few cancelled videogames with characters who cross into other games. Not only are these games taking place within the same universe, but most characters find it perfectly natural for everyone to just randomly go to and fro between series as either cameo shots, secondary characters, or main characters, and often reference these fourth wall breaking aspects regularly. One character in particular, Overlord Baal, frequently makes his appearance as the Bonus Boss of any Nippon Ichi game involving a netherworld, and everyone knows who he is.
  • Operation Flashpoint and ARMA are generally believed to take place within the same timeline, while Take On Helicopters has some crossover with ARMA II : Operation Arrowhead (the standalone expansion for ARMA II), in the form of one of the main characters having been a combat pilot during the events of Operation Arrowhead, along with appearances by the PMCs Vrana and ION from one of OA's DLC campaigns.
  • The Sims series, the SimCity series, Streets of SimCity, SimCopter, SimGolf, and, arguably, the My Sims series, all share the same universe. Also, the appearance of Steve, who is the same spaceship as the one from SimCity 2000, could mean that Spore could be in (and vastly expand) the universe as well.
  • Atlus confirmed in this interview that the Persona games all take place in the same world, though the only things consistent throughout all of the entries (apart from the titular Personas) are Igor, the Velvet Room, and Philemon's butterfly form. Several characters and plot elements from the original Persona show up in Persona 2, and Persona 4 Arena is nearly as much a sequel to Persona 3 as it is to Persona 4, but the connections between the games are otherwise kept fairly low-key and incidental.
    • There are some possible implications that Nyx from 3 is actually the Snow Queen from 1, and that the Malevolent Entity from Arena is Nyarlathotep from 2.
    • It's also implied that the Persona series take place in the same world as Shin Megami Tensei If... and all four Devil Summoner games, with both If's female protagonist and Kuzunoha Devil Summoners appearing in the first two Persona games.
  • Valve's two series Half-Life and Portal almost certainly inhabit the same continuity.
  • The Tom Clancy games by Ubisoft are hinted to have taken place in the same continuity.
  • Two of Cing's adventure game franchises, Another Code and Hotel Dusk: Room 215, are hinted to be set in the same world. The most obvious hint being that the estranged husband Rosa, the maid in Hotel Dusk, is none other than the captain who takes Ashley to Blood Edward island in the beginning of Another Code.
  • It's hard to determine just how vast the "Banpresto Multiverse" is, but by using Super Robot Wars Original Generation as its centerpiece, then the events that tie in with Original Generation include the "Classic Timeline", The Great Battle series, Hero Senki: Project Olympus, Super Robot Wars Alpha, Super Hero Sakusen, Super Robot Wars Reversal, Another Century's Episode: R and Endless Frontier. Furthermore, this extends into Namco × Capcom and Project X Zone, as Endless Frontier occurs between both games. Needless to say, The Multiverse churned out by Namco Bandai is extraordinarily big.

    Webcomics 
  • All of Homestuck, and possibly the rest of MSPA, takes place in what is known as Paradox Space.
  • The Wotchiverse, setting for the Web Comic The Wotch and it's various derivatives (Cheer!, Triquetra Cats, and possibly Abstract Gender). It is also shown to share continuity with webcomics with different authors (Accidental Centaurs and possibly more).
  • The three major works of John Allison, Bobbins, Scary Go Round and Bad Machinery are all set in the fictional English town of Tackleford, sharing many cast members with each other.
    • Not to forget secondary Spin Offs such as Murder She Writes, THAT, Giant Days and New Bobbins. Read all about the "Bobbinsverse" here.
  • The Narbonverse: Narbonic, Li'l Mell, and (confirmed by Artie's appearance in "If I Ran The Zoo") Skin Horse. Smithson is in there as well, due to the appearance of an older version of Homeschool Joe from Li'l Mell. North of Space, Shaenon's high school strip, and The Ratio, her college strip, featured Mell and Dave respectively.
  • All webcomics in the International Comic Continuity take place in what is affectionately referred to as the IC Cverse.
  • MegaTokyo, Mac Hall, and Applegeeks apparently inhabit the same universe, as crossovers have happened several times. This is especially apparent with Megatokyo and Applegeeks, where regular characters Junpei and a Rent-a-Zilla from Megatokyo played a major role in a story arc in Applegeeks. Sadly, only Megatokyo remains of the three as of 2012.
    • Technically, Three Panel Soul might count as well, since it is a continuation of the now closed Mac Hall. Dom from Megatokyo is even a regular character.
  • To Prevent World Peace is a webcomic that tries to merge basically every single magical girl cliche into a single, unified Verse. With Genre Savvy villains in the mix, naturally.
  • Two quasi-connected universes share some writers and creators. Ménage ŕ 3 has spun off Sticky Dilly Buns and Sandra on the Rocks, and has featured brief guest appearances by characters from Penny and Aggie and elsewhere. Meanwhile Eerie Cuties has spun off Magick Chicks and Dangerously Chloe, while Aoi House, Vampire Cheerleaders, and Paranormal Mystery Squad are apparently set in the same universe. The second of those universes also exists as fiction in the first, leading to "crossover" character appearances that are actually cosplayers, fantasy sequences, and suchlike.

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alternative title(s): Verse; Fictional Universe
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