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The 'Verse is usually referred to with a show or franchise identifier (such as Buffyverse, Whoniverse, 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.

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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.

The origin of the name is contested. Brave New Words: The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction credits Orson Scott Card as the inventor of this term. Card himself says that his publisher was responsible for adding Enderverse to the jacket of one of his books, and he neither invented the term nor likes it. The term could also have originated from the fandom of Joss Whedon works, which take place in a shared universe. An earlier term coined by Robert A. Heinlein, ficton, has never gained much currency outside of Science Fiction circles; similarly, the related (but subtly different) term mythopoeia is mostly known to fans of J. R. R. Tolkien, who coined the term 1930s.

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One notable thing about the creation of Crossover 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.

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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, Alternate Continuity and Intra-Franchise Crossover. And while we'd hope this doesn't need to be noted, it should probably be said anyway: a Shout-Out, Production Throwback, or any casual referencing between two works on their own does not mean they inhabit a verse. If that were that case, nearly every single piece of fiction would inhabit the same universe, and the Tommy Westphall Multiverse Hypothesis is enough of a headache as it is.

For works featuring 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, Tenchi Muyo: War on Geminar and, reportedly, Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure.
  • "Turn A Space" as a way of uniting all 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 A.I. Love You, Love Hina, Itsudatte My Santa!, Hito Natsu No Kids Game, Mahou Sensei Negima! and Negima's sequel series UQ Holder!. Also Mao-chan, the cast of which once visited the Hinata Inn (from Love Hina), where they (most probably) met Naru.
  • The Naritaverse, for lack of a better term, entails the four light novels Baccano!, Vamp, Etsusa Bridge, Hariyama-san, 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.
  • Not only do most if not all of Cool-kyou Shinsha's works take place in the same universe (well, Frau Rabbit technically takes place in another dimension), but most of them are implied to take place in the same town.
  • Minoru Kawakami created his own world, called "The Foundation World", in his light novels. A more in-depth explanation can be found translated here, but essentially, it consists of a large universe happening over thousands of years and divided into six specific eras during which the works take place centuries apart from each others: FORTH, AHEAD, EDGE, GENESIS, OBSTACLE and CITY. The official timelines goes:
    • FORTH: The world as it is now. Comprises novels 42 and 43.
    • AHEAD: The setting for The Ending Chronicle: after conquering ten parallel worlds, we must make their own Concepts part of our universe lest it be destroyed. Comprises novels 16-29.
    • EDGE: When mankind discovers space travel, and leaves the Earth That Was. The discovery of a fuel from AHEAD allows for further development.
    • GENESIS: The stage when the world ends and a time where Technology Marches On In-Universe and FORTH is all but forgotten. This is when Horizon In The Middle Of Nowhere takes place. Currently in production, comprising novels 30-41, and 44+.
    • OBSTACLE: The setting for Clash of Hexennacht. When the world rebuilds and destroys itself. Comprises an online card game and a light novel/manga series currently in production.
    • CITY: The setting for the CITY Series. When all the technologies developed from OBSTACLE come together, and, after the world was recreated countless times, a world that would not be destroyed is created. Comprises novels 1-15.
  • Most of Kouji Seo's works (Cross Over, Suzuka, Kimi no Iru Machi, Princess Lucia, and Fuuka) take place in the same universe.
  • The sixth and seventh episodes of Space Patrol Luluco imply that it's set in the same universe as Kill la Kill. Presumably Inferno Cop is in too, since it's pretty obvious that's who Over Justice is anyway. Whether or not any other Studio Trigger or Hiroyuki Imaishi series' get in is yet to be seen, although this is already in the running for the most awesome 'verse in history.
  • Sunrise's Toward Stars universe includes Outlaw Star and Angel Links.
  • Dragon Ball and Dr. Slump exist in the same universe, with Arale and Senbei having made several guest appearances on Dragon Ball while Goku has had a few cameos on Dr. Slump. Arguably Nekomajin, another work by Akira Toriyama also exists somewhere in the Dragon Ball universe, since one of the characters claims to have been trained by Goku and featured a saiyan named Onio.
    • There's also Jaco The Galactic Patrol Man, which is revealed in the end to be a prequel to Dragon Ball, in which the title character is sent to find a dangerous threat to Earth, which turns out to be an infant Goku. Bulma's sister is a main character, and both she and Jaco make appearances in Dragon Ball Super; in fact, Jaco is something of a recurring character.
  • Odd as it might sound, Yaoi authors actually enjoy this trope and many have their own. Nakamura Shunguku is particularly known for having two popular works of the genre that often make clear that are happening on the same universe, with characters of both making cameos on the other, and even a shared setting, as both stories focus on people that work on the same publishing company.
    • Nekota Yonezou has a much more subtle one, with only three of her many works sharing an universe, Hidoku Shinaide, Elektel Delusion and Otona Keikenchi, mostly, there a few extra chapter crossover that shows a few characters know each other from different mangas.
    • Hidaka Shoko has one in the form of a nigh-anthology of her works Signal, Arashi No Ato and Hatsukoi No Atosaki. Each one is considered a sequel to the previous one, in which a side character of the work before becomes the main character for the following one, but the events of other works are hardly central in any form.
  • Sho Shibamoto's mangas, The Jackalope, Pandemonium Wizard Village, Flower Knight Dakini, and some of his one-shot stories share the same universe. The main connecting threads are the Sky Golems.

    Comic Books 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Archie Comics has one consisting of Archie Comics, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and Josie and the Pussycats. This also applies to their reboot.
  • Within the Chaos God story arc in the Disney Adventures series, Darkwing Duck, DuckTales (1987), TaleSpin, Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, and Goof Troop all take place in the same universe. Arguably, Quack Pack as well.
  • The main titles created by Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise, Echo, Rachel Rising and Motor Girl) occupy a shared continuity sometimes called "The Terryverse". Characters from SIP occasionally appeared in Echo and Rachel Rising, while Rachel and Lilith from RR appeared in an SIP revival in 2018. The four properties merged into a Crisis Crossover starting in May 2019 called Five Years, in which they have to prevent a group of weapons designers from completing work on the Phi Bomb, a new weapon that would destroy all hydrogen atoms on Earth and then spread out to the rest of the universe.

    Fan Works 
  • The Order of the Gray Demons, centered on Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Fan Fic Birds of a Feather by Solid Shark. Somewhat notable amongst Fan Fic 'verses for having multiple authors and contradictory accounts.
  • The Mansionverse welded several unrelated fancomics of The Haunted Mansion together with some official media, ending up with something entirely original.
  • The Oneiroi Series and its various branching realities.
  • The DAYDverse based on an alternate-POV telling of Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows.
  • All of the Doctor Who fics on Rich's ComixBlog, including The 10 Doctors, are all self-contained within their own universe. This fan-verse also includes Forever Knight and Jem via crossovers.
  • There is the Buildingverse shared mainly by the Mega Crossover fancomic Roommates and its largest and most popular Spin-Off Girls Next Door by two separate authors (some canon differences suggest Alternate Continuity though), which also seem to encompass by the definition of most fans (and Approval of God) the whole Expanded Universe around them consisting of other Spin Offs like Down the Street and many more.
  • RainbowDoubleDash's Lunaverse is a Shared Universe of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fics set in an Alternate Universe where Celestia, rather than Luna, went crazy and had to be sealed away, and the Elements of Harmony end up going to six minor and background characters.
    • And coming from one of the authors of the Lunaverse is The Cadanceverse, another Shared Universe, where both Celestia and Luna went insane and had to be sealed by Cadance, and the Elements of Harmony end up going to five minor and background characters and Fluttershynote .
  • The Drunken Werewolf's Heirverse Has been in progress for almost ten years and spans four chapter fics plus a dozen side stories and counting.
  • Trinary's Dashverse is likewise a series MLP:FiM stories set in a universe where instead of Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash became Celestia's student.
  • School Daze is in the same universe as Choices, The Three Whooves, A Nightmare in Ponyville, and Doctor Whooves and the House of Daring.
  • Ponky's The Sisters Doo is in the same universe as Through The Looking Glass, And What Pinkie Found There. Also, come 2015, he's going to add a TSD sequel to that verse, as well as a story starring Dinky.
  • The Reading Rainbowverse is a series of independently maintained blogs set in the same verse as Rainbow Dash Reads Homestuck. There is a very strong sense of continuity and interaction, with all the blogs commenting on each other's shenanigans. It even deals with Tumblr as a whole by referring to it as the multiverse, interacting with out of verse blogs as though they were alien visitors....
  • In The Elements of Harmony and the Savior of Worlds, events in the original My Little Pony cartoon happened in the ancient past of Friendship is Magic. It also shares the same universe as the other 80s Hasbro cartoons: The Transformers, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, Jem, Inhumanoids, and Dungeons & Dragons, called the Hasbroverse. It also includes Doctor Who.
  • Life in Manehattan is, like the Lunaverse and the Cadanceverse above, a Shared Universe of MLP fics set in an Alternate Universe, one where the events of the pilot episodes took place in Manehattan rather than Ponyville. As such, Twilight instead ends up befriending and having adventures with several secondary, minor, and background characters.
  • Eduard Kassel has taken a different approach to this trope, by stating that all of his stories are set, not in the same universe, but in the same multiverse. They're usually tied loosely together by cameos from or mentions of common elements — such as the Stranger, the Endless Council, and the threat of Omega — but even those that don't have those are still stated by Word of God to be in the same multiverse as the others.
  • Weiss Reacts is set in one of these, called the Reactsverse, sharing a world with other oneshots by the author and a sister fic, The Diary of Glynda Goodwitch. It also shares a multiverse with Lucina Reacts by the same author, focusing on Fire Emblem Awakening.
  • "The United Pony of Goodness Universe" (or "TUPGverse" for short), on which most of JusSonic's stories take place. It also includes Past Sins and most of its verse.
  • The Blooming Moon Chronicles, by Black.Rose.Raven, an MLP fanfiction series that draws heavy inspiration from Norse Mythology. Along with its sequel series, Songs Of Lost Children, it contains 15 books and at least a dozen side-stories, mostly written by Black.Rose.Raven himself.
  • Pokémon Reset Bloodlines by Crossoverpairinglover started as a Pokemon AU fic that has expanded into a growing shared universe centered by the titular fic with numerous one shot spin offs and side stories.
  • Bolt From The Blue shares many ideas and characters with Black Sky but is explicitely a multiverse fic. It helps that Katekyō Hitman Reborn! canonically uses multiples universes.
  • Child of the Storm is the first story in a vast universe which so far consists of that first completed book, an ongoing second one, and one short side-story. According to the author, there's plenty more to come.
  • Fanfiction author Khaos Omega takes it Up to Eleven with his concept of multi-dimensional traveling that can cross between entire multiverses. While most stories in it to be inspired by other writers' works, there are a few that actually link in:
    • The earliest-dated occurrance in Khaos' chronology (using the name "Khaos Time System" (often abbreviated as KTS) to refer to the "meta-timeline") is former author Wit Chan's "Kart Racer" - which started out as a Khaos-made suggestion. Officially dated as late 2010s to early 2021.
    • Through a pair of Christmas-themed stories, Stevie Bond's Galaxy Angel Retold series (which inspired Khaos' own Galaxy Angel II story that created Jace Davies) and Willgm's Galaxy Angel Intervention (which Stevie had already crossed with his own, described as happening between the end of Stevie's Galaxy Angel II Retold trilogy and somewhat of a DOOM-spliced Galaxy Angel III-esque story) link in via use of Stevie's OC Arnold Williams and Will's OC William Johnson. Takes place in consecutive years, 2677 and 2678 (the latter extends into 2679).
    • Khaos has since made plans to tie in Paradigm of the Rose as more Timeline 1802 energies are relocated by Rainbow Angel Kandyce Azeat. Based on how one sequence Khaos has planned for it goes the timeline placement hints at being in the vicinity of Jet's stint at Duel Academy and Anise's wild-card run in the Tournament of Power during the 28th century.

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    Literature 
  • The Enderverse is the Trope Namer, although technically the creator wishes it never was (see the summary of the trope above). It includes Ender's Game, the Speaker for the Dead trilogy, the Ender's 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 in The Tommyknockers as "that fellow who lived up in Bangor" who writes books "full of make-believe monsters and a bunch of dirty words"." 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. There's even a connection to his earlier school stories — in "The Ordeal of Young Tuppy", Tuppy Glossop is revealed to have attended St Austin's, the setting of The Pothunters and Tales of St Austin's.
  • 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.
    • The Known Space is also offically part of the Star Trek universe now that the Star Trek: The Animated Series was upgraded to canon as the Kzinti make an appearence in one of the episodes. In fact the Expanded Universe even went further by making the already canonical Caitans into distant relatives of the Kzinti (like an inverted version of the Vulcan-Romulan relationship) and the cat lady in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier was referred as a "Kzinrrett" (Niven's term for female Kzinti) tho never on camera.
  • 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, the Trickster's Duet, and Beka Cooper quartet/quartet/quartet/duology/trilogy.
  • 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 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.
  • While the Cthulhu Mythos is generally defined as an Expanded Universe, the "mythos proper", the elements that H. P. Lovecraft himself wrote about (usually set in Lovecraft Country), constitute a 'verse within the 'verse. Other writers have their own 'cycles' within it. Lovecraft himself never much cared about continuity or consistency, and 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?
  • Since Lovecraft, Howard and some other writers regularily used elements from each others stories, this would make the Cthulhu Mythos, Conan/Kull universe and several others one Shared Universe.
  • 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.
  • 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 Direct Line to the Author 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.
  • The various serial novels of LessThanThree 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). This also includes the novels Time Spike and "The Alexander Inheritance'' which occur in the general universe but are based on different time jaunts.
  • 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 plus two short stories.
  • Much of James Alan Gardner's writing takes place in The League of Peoples Verse.
  • Ursula K. Le Guin's works:
  • Brandon Sanderson: Most of the author's adult fantasy (with a few exceptions, such as 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.
  • Commonly referred to as the ‘Snicketverse’, the universe containing A Series of Unfortunate Events, All the Wrong Questions, and the upcoming Poison For Breakfast counts as one.
  • 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...
    • The Bone Clocks goes even further and connects almost all of his previous novels and fleshes out the entire multiverse. In particular, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet is directly connected with Dr. Marinus revealed as an Eternal Hero and Enomoto's immortality cult as legitimate magic. The future setting of Cloud Atlas and some background on the Prescients are also tied into it.
  • 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 Thirty-Nine 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, The Heroes of Olympus, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, and The Trials of Apollo, has set all of them in the same universe, which fans often refer to as the 'Riordanverse'.
    • By internal timeline: The Last Olympian (PJatO #5) takes place in August of one year. The Lost Hero (HoO #1) is set the following December; The Red Pyramid (TKC #1) picks up just days later.
    • The Throne of Fire (TKC #2) is set the following March. The remaining four books of The Heroes of Olympus take place from June to August of the same year. The Serpent's Shadow (TKC #3) is in September.
    • Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1 (with Annabeth's cousin, a demigod son of Frey, as the lead protagonist) and The Trials of Apollo #1 are both set in January of the following year, with #4 of The Trials of Apollo set in April. Book #3 of the Magnus Chase trilogy takes place the following summer. The three-part crossover Demigods & Magicians, in which Percy and Annabeth meet the Kane siblings, also takes place during this time.
  • 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.
  • Cassandra Clare's The Shadowhunter Chronicles consists of the original The Mortal Instruments series, prequel trilogy The Infernal Devices, sequel trilogy The Dark Artifices, The Last Hours (sequel trilogy to The Infernal Devices), The Wicked Powers (sequel trilogy to The Dark Artifices), The Eldest Curses (spin-off trilogy focused on Alec and Magnus), The Shadowhunter Codex (guide book) and three collections of short stories: The Bane Chronicles, Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy and Ghosts of the Shadowmarket, all taking place in the Shadowhunter world.
  • Michael Connelly has been writing mystery novels more or less annually since 1992 and they all take place in the same universe. About 2/3 of them feature the same detective, Harry Bosch, but even the ones that don't tie in to the Bosch universe. The hero in Chasing the Dime suffered a childhood trauma when his sister was murdered by a Serial Killer who was eventually killed by...Harry Bosch. The heroine of Void Moon later has a cameo in a Bosch novel.
  • Isaac Asimov's Robot stories form a rough timeline of events. Some time soon, there will be robots for every type of job, and supercomputers networked around the world. Most of the short stories take place between now and then. At some point in The Future, a schism occurs between those who like the robots and those who hate the robots. Those who like robots use their labour to colonize new worlds (calling themselves Spacers), leaving Earth to the robot-haters, who start to outlaw robots with human-level AI (calling themselves Earthers). This is when the Elijah Bailey and R. Daneel Olivaw stories take place. According to Robots and Empire, Bailey has inspired Earth's interest in space colonization, which will eventually become a single Galactic Superpower, which bridges this series into the Empire and Foundation stories.
  • One of the oldest examples may be Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen's "Simplicianischer Zyklus", which includes, besides the eponymous Literature/Simplicissimus, his other stories "Trutz Simplex oder Lebensbeschreibung der Ertzbetrügerin und Landstörtzerin Courasche", "Continuatio des abentheuerlichen Simplicissimi Oder Der Schluß desselben", "Der seltzame Springinsfeld" and "Das wunderbarliche Vogelnest".
  • Neal Stephenson has used a shared universe to set a number of his books in. Cryptonomicon introduces a number of characters, including the Waterhouse family, Shaftoe family, and Enoch Root. The Baroque Cycle features ancestors of the Waterhouses and Shaftoes as well as Enoch Root. While REAMDE does not show any signs of being set in the 'verse, its sequel Fall Or Dodge In Hell features descendants of the Shaftoes and Waterhouses as well as Root himself, revealing that both books take place in the 'verse.

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  • The BTS Universe is an on-going original story comprised mainly of a series of Concept Music Videos of Korean group BTS (plus video teasers/short films and additional content in other media). The storyline is closely linked to the general narrative and themes present in BTS' music, which in itself contains a Coming-of-Age Story: themes such as the beauty and struggles of youth (Hwa Yang Yeon Hwa), facing temptation and inner conflict (WINGS) and the idea of trying and failing to love and be loved while hiding under a mask (LOVE YOURSELF) translate into the characters dealing with school and societal pressures, poverty, family and mental health issues, fear of the future, maturity, regret, and so on.
  • The Korean girl group GFRIEND's music videos have an underlying story built since their debut to this day, following them over the years. A Coming-of-Age Story by essence. It goes from a school series to a fantastic narrative. The main plot revolves around the friendship of a group of girls while they grow up and have to deal with loss, their friendship falling apart as they struggle to be together.
  • The music videos for the K-Pop Girl Group LOONA are all connected within a universe called the Loonaverse, telling a story featuring all the members. It seems to involve at least three different worlds, one being very similar to Earth (where YeoJin and the LOONA 1/3 girls live), a world named Eden (from where the LOONA/yyxy girls try to escape) and some sort of boundary dimension between both worlds (where the LOONA/ODD EYE CIRCLE girls are).
  • The K-Pop group TXT has started its own musical narrative universe, the TU (stylized as +U) with the release of the Nap of a Star MV.
  • Many Country Music songs written by Dennis Linde are said to take place in a shared universe, and Linde even kept a map in his office indicating the residence of every character in his songs. Most notably, the eponymous Earl of Dixie Chicks' "Goodbye Earl" previously appeared in Sammy Kershaw's "Queen of My Double Wide Trailer".

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Comisión de Box y Lucha Libre Mexico D.F created and sanctions the Mexican National Wrestling Championship Title Belts, most famously but not exclusively defended in CMLL. CMLL was also a member of the National Wrestling Alliance and created 'NWA Historic' title belts after leaving to retain that NWA history. It remained the biggest affiliate of the World Wrestling League in Mexico even when WWL established it's own Mexican headquarters. It runs joint events with New Japan Pro-Wrestling and has joint titles with REINA.
  • The World Women's Wrestling Association, The American Girls' Wrestling Association, All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling and Stampeded Wrestling in Canada all recognized one another. In addition, Stampede also had the IWA Women's title.
  • 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 recognized Kaiju Big Battel, which did last but rarely crosses over with Chikara anymore.

    Tabletop Games 
  • 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.
  • The Trinity Universe comprises 1920s pulp game Adventure, near-future supers game Aberrant, and 22nd century sci-fi game Trinity.

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    Web Comics 
  • 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 its 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 à 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.
  • Charby the Vampirate, Here There Be Monsters, A Bird in the Hat and Unlife Is Unfair are all written by the same author and occupy the same verse, though Unlife seems disconnected the Patreon reward comic Vagabonds reveals some overlap.

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Alternative Title(s): Verse, Fictional Universe

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