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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.

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.

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.

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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  • Archie Comics has one consisting of Archie Comics, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and Josie and the Pussycats. This also applies to their reboot.
  • 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.
  • 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 DC Universe and Marvel Universe are two of the most widely recognized universes in comics.
  • The Motterverse: Consists of Mr. X, Electropolis and Terminal City, all created by Dean Motter.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Millarworld is a set of several independent comics written by Mark Millar. They were all revealed to be connected with the ending of Nemesis: Reloaded, which directly segues into Millarworld's first Crisis Crossover Big Game (2023).
  • 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.
  • Robert Kirkman's verse contains Invincible, Invincible Presents: Atom Eve and Rex Splode, The 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 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.

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  • 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 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.

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  • Most of Dark Mark's DC Universe fanfics are interconnected. They are set in the same continuity or in different parallel Earths, whose characters occasionally interact with each other. Thus, the events of Kara of Rokyn gave birth to the universes explored in Hellsister Trilogy and A Force of Four, whose main characters have worked together sometimes, and Superman of 2499: The Great Confrontation is set five hundred years after Hellsister Trilogy''.
  • 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.
  • Evilhumour and his co-writer Anon e Mouse Jr. have, like Eduard Kassel, written a number of fics (based on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic) that are set in the same multiverse (the "The Powers That Be" multiverse); the worlds all originated from the same source, and each is home to its own set of Powers That Be.
  • "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.
  • Fanfiction author KhaosOmega's 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 WitChan'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.
  • 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.

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  • Almost all of Agatha Christie's works are in the same fictional universe. While Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple never met, a few supporting characters pop up in books featuring both of them, and Miss Marple's fictional home village of St. Mary Mead is also mentioned in a Poirot novel. Minor characters also tie in the Tommy and Tuppence series, as well as several of Christie's one-off novels like Sparkling Cyanide, Towards Zero, Passenger to Frankfurt, and The Man in the Brown Suit. Incidentally, Christie herself (or a fictionalisation of her) exists in 'verse, as a character in The Body in the Library mentions having obtained her autograph. There are a few exceptions among the one-off stories: ironically one of the Christie novels with no connections to the rest of the universe is probably her most famous one, And Then There Were None.
  • 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.
  • Most of Brandon Sanderson's adult fantasy (with a few exceptions, such as the three The 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Author C.T. Phipps has FuturePunk for all of his science fictories and The United States of Monsters for all of his urban fantasy stories. Interestingly, both of these universes and some others have crossed over with his The Supervillainy Saga universe, making them all one big multiverse.
  • Daniel Handler's universe, commonly referred to as the 'Snicketverse', contains A Series of Unfortunate Events, All the Wrong Questions, and Poison for Breakfast.
  • David Eddings has several:
    • Belgariad Universe, home to The Belgariad, The Malloreon, Belgarath the Sorcerer, and Polgara the Sorceress.
    • Elenium/Tamuli universe, home to The Elenium and The Tamuli.
    • The Dreamers Universe.
  • 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 DeZoet 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.
  • 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.
  • Prolific children's author Enid Blyton have various of her more fantastical works being set in the same universe, starting with her 1926 book Book of Brownies featuring a minor character named the Saucepan Man, who becomes an Ascended Extra in The Faraway Tree a decade later. Several magical lands from Faraway would also reappear in the later book, The Wishing Chair.
  • Erich Maria Remarque did this; characters from All Quiet on the Western Front appear or are referenced in his later works.
  • H. Beam Piper had his "Terro-human Future History", including the novels Four-Day Planet, Uller Uprising, Little Fuzzy and its direct sequels, The Cosmic Computer, Space Viking, and various short stories, chronicling (albeit very intermittently) thousands of years of human history, including the rise and fall of The Federation, the (eventual) rise of the First Galacticnote  Empire (a hardnosed but rather more benevolent than usual example of "the Empire"), and eventually (by the time of the final story by internal chronology that is generally including in this canon, "The Keeper") the Fifth Galactic Empire—by that point at least thousands if not tens of thousands of years into the future. These stories are linked by a common history (including a nuclear war on Terra which left the northern hemisphere devastated, meaning the human race's interplanetary and eventually interstellar civilization is based in South America, South Africa, and Australasia), the use of the "Atomic Era" to date things (its epoch being the first artificial self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction, in 1942 of the Gregorian calendar), various bits of shared tech ("contragravity"; "collapsium", a form of super-dense matter suitable for building armor that can withstand direct hits from nuclear weapons; spaceships equipped with both "Abbott lift-and-drive engines" and "Dillingham hyperdrive engines"; and a notable lack of ray guns until quite late into the "future history"), and assorted call-backs and shout-outs from one work to another.
  • One of the oldest examples may be Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen's "Simplicianischer Zyklus", which includes, besides the eponymous 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".
  • All of Ian Rankin's books (apart from Creator's Oddball Westwind) share a 'verse — even, thanks to subsequent Canon Welding, the thrillers he wrote under the pseudonym Jack Harvey.
  • 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.
  • Much of James Alan Gardner's writing takes place in The League of Peoples 'Verse.
  • 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.
  • Almost all of Kim Newman's works take place in a multiverse, a number of specific strands of which can be identified.
    • Newman's 1990s novels Bad Dreams, Jago, The Quorum, and Life's Lottery (technically a multiverse in one novel, given its Gamebook structure) share certain characters and all take place in a version of modern Britain in which the supernatural hides below the surface. An English Ghost Story returns to this universe.
    • The Diogenes Club stories, The Hound of the D'Urbervilles, the Drearcliff Grange School novelsnote , and Angels of Music take place in a universe which also includes versions of characters from the previously described universe, but in which the supernatural is more visible, with various two-fisted vigilantes and outright superheroes being public figures during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The key distinction between the two universes is that the British Shadow knock-off Doctor Shade is definitely fictional in the former, but real in the latter.
    • Anno Dracula is a different but closely related universe in which Dracula seduced and married Queen Victoria, leading to a world ruled by open vampires. This universe also uses versions of characters from his Warhammer novels, implying that those are just another branch-off universe as well.
    • Newman's first novel The Night Mayor is medium-future cyberpunk SF with no overt supernatural elements, but a line in Bad Dreams implies that its protagonist is descended from a character in that novel.
  • 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.
    • Known Space could be considered to be 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 to as a "Kzinrrett" (Niven's term for female Kzinti) though 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.
  • Madeleine L'Engle's eight Murray-O'Keefe books and the Austin stories are part of the same continuity, along with several of L'Engle's other books:
    • The novels The Small Rain (1945) and A Severed Wasp (1982) have Katherine Forrester as the protagonist (as an adolescent in The Small Rain and an old woman, now widowed, in A Severed Wasp); she also appears in the Chronos novel A Ring of Endless Light as a pianist at a concert that Vicky and Zach attend, identified only by her married name of Vigneras.
    • The novel Ilsa (1946) features Ilsa Brandes as the protagonist; the novel also introduces the Renier family, who are prominent in the Kairos novels Dragons in the Waters and A House Like a Lotus.
    • The novel And Both Were Young (1949; later reissued with alterations in 1983) has Philippa "Flip" Hunter as the protagonist; Katherine Forrester owns one of her paintings in A Severed Wasp.
    • The novels Camilla Dickinson (1951; later reissued with alterations as Camilla in 1965) and A Live Coal in the Sea (1996) have the titular Camilla Dickinson as the protagonist; Camilla's best friend is Luisa Rowan, whose older brother Frank appears in the Kairos novel A House Like a Lotus.
    • The novel A Winter's Love (1957) features Virginia Bowen Porcher as the protagonist; she is one of Polly O'Keefe's favorite authors in A House Like a Lotus and is married to Henri Porcher, a descendant of Henry Porcher from Ilsa. Virginia's best friend is Mimi Oppenheimer, who reappears in A Severed Wasp as a neighbor of Katherine Forrester Vigneras.
    • The novel The Other Side of the Sun (1971) includes members of the Renier family, who were introduced in Ilsa.
    • The novel Certain Women (1992) features Emma Wheaton as the protagonist and includes an appearance by Canon John Talis, who was introduced in The Arm of the Starfish and also appeared in The Young Unicorns and Dragons in the Waters.
    • The only novels not explicitly part of this continuity are:
      • The Love Letters (1966; revised and reissued in 2000 as Love Letters), which stars Charlotte Napier; Certain Women has Emma Wheaton perform in a play featuring a scene from Charlotte's life, implying The Love Letters is a work of in-universe fiction.
      • The Joys of Love (2008) follows four days in the life of Elizabeth Jerrold in the 1940s and has no known links to L'Engle's other works.
  • Manta Aisora's verse, consisting of Nyaruko: Crawling with Love!, Miyamasanchi no Berutein and Valkyrie Works. Confirmation comes thanks to Crossover 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).
  • 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. Connelly's first non-Bosch novel, The Poet, could easily have been a stand-alone book. Instead Connelly has a character read a newspaper article by a reporter mentioned in Bosch novel The Last Coyote, just to make clear the book takes place in the Bosch universe.
  • 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. It's the setting for Rapid Fire King.
    • AHEAD: After conquering ten parallel worlds, we must make their own Concepts part of our universe lest it be destroyed. It's the setting for The Ending Chronicle.
    • EDGE: When mankind discovers space travel, and leaves the Earth That Was. The discovery of a fuel from AHEAD allows for further development. It's the setting for On A Godless Planet.
    • GENESIS: The stage when the world ends and a time where Technology Marches On In-Universe and FORTH is all but forgotten. It's the setting for Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere.
    • OBSTACLE: When the world rebuilds and destroys itself countless times. It's the setting for Clash of Hexennacht.
    • CITY: 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. It's the setting for the CITY Series.
  • 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 all six books take place in the same universe.
  • 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; The Code of the Woosters, in which Bertie Wooster mentions Freddie as one of his acquaintances; and "Jeeves Takes Charge," where Bertie mentions Lord Emsworth and Blandings Castle. 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.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Several of Sinclair Lewis's novels take place in the fictional state of Winnemac (surrounded by Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana).
  • 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.
    • There are a handful of novels King has written that seem to be separate from the main universe he has established— namely, Cell and pretty much anything he wrote as Richard Bachman, though their taking place in parallel dimensions of the same multiverse has not been ruled out (this has a precedent in The Stand, which is confirmed to be a seperate Earth from the Prime Reality yet still part of its multiverse, since Roland and his ka-tet briefly visit it in their own series).
  • The Strugatsky Brothers' Noon Universe.
  • Ursula K. Le Guin's works:
    • Earthsea, a fantasy world that is the setting for 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.
    • The Hainish universe, a.k.a. the Ekumen. A science fiction setting featuring many populated planets, that is the setting for many novels and short stories. 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 this universe.
  • Older Than Television: William Faulkner set most of his works in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County and often crossed over characters.
  • The Sprawl in William Gibson's first trilogy plus two short stories.

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  • 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?
  • Deltora, the setting of the three Deltora Quest series, and various spinoffs such as The Deltora Book of Monsters.
  • 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.
  • The Duniverse, setting of Dune and its sequels.
  • 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 setting of David Weber's Honor Harrington series and its various spinoffs is commonly referred to as the Honorverse.
  • The Humanx Commonwealth, Alan Dean Foster's best known Space Opera setting and home to the Flinx and Pip series of novels.
  • The various serial novels of Less Than Three Comics are all based in the <3-Verse.
  • The Riordanverse, by Rick Riordan, encompasses Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Kane Chronicles, The Heroes of Olympus, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, and The Trials of Apollo. Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus, and Trials of Apollo are all part of what's called The Camp Half-Blood Series (with Kane Chronicles and Magnus Chase sometimes being under that umbrella too, maybe).
    • By internal timeline: The Diary of Luke Castellan is a prequel set seven years before The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson #1). The first five Percy Jackson books are set over the course of four years, with books 1, 2, 4, and 5 set over consecutive summers; the third book is set the winter after the second. The short stories of The Demigod Files are set between books 4 and 5, with The Bronze Dragon taking place during the ending of the fourth book, The Stolen Chariot taking place during Percy's fall semester, and The Sword of Hades beginning during Percy's English winter final exam. The short story Percy Jackson and the Staff of Hermes takes place a month after The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson #5), and Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo and Son of Magic (by Rick Riordan's son Haley Riordan) take place sometime after The Last Olympian. The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus #1) is set the following December, and The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles #1) picks up just days later.
    • The short story Leo Valdez and the Quest for Buford is set the following February, and The Throne of Fire (Kane Chronicles #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 (Kane Chronicles #3) is in September. The three-part crossover Demigods & Magicians, in which Percy and Annabeth meet the Kane siblings, is set after this, followed by The Chalice of the Gods (Percy Jackson #6).
    • Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1 (with the titular lead being Annabeth's cousin, a demigod son of Frey) 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 June, at the same time as The Trials of Apollo #5; the epilogue of Magnus Chase #3 takes place in early July, and the followup 9 From the Nine Worlds is set sometime later.
  • 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.
  • Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga is also referred to as the Vorkosiverse.
  • 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.

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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".
  • The Alternative Country band Turnpike Troubadours have several songs (across different albums) that are connected through a boy named Jimmy, a girl named Lorrie, and a beloved Browning shotgun. There's a fan theory tying in a number of their other songs, but it hasn't been confirmed by the band.

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  • 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, etc). 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.

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  • 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 traveling to others in "spaceships."
    • Ravenloft had characters from different settings finding themselves in its D&D world.
  • 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 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.
  • The Trinity Universe comprises 1920s pulp game Adventure, near-future supers game Aberrant, and 22nd century sci-fi game Trinity.

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  • 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...
  • "Bluehills County Stories" is the official name of a collection of games and visual novels created by Digital Poppy taking place in the titular setting. This collection includes Parsnip, The Testimony of Trixie Glimmer Smith, and Three Lesbians in a Barrow.
  • 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. To go into detail, 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 Superboss of any Nippon Ichi game involving a netherworld, and everyone knows who he is.
  • The Donkey Kong, Yoshi, Wario and Super Mario Bros. series' are all in the same universe and many of the Mario spin-offs tend to feature characters and locations from them. Mario and DK started off as enemies after all and DK still shows up in Mario spin off games and vice-versa, same goes with Wario. Back in The '90s, it was implied that Banjo-Kazooie and Conker's Bad Fur Day also shared this universe (chiefly because of Banjo and Conker being playable racers in Diddy Kong Racing, among other hints) but Microsoft's purchase of Rareware caused this to no longer be the case. Lastly, Rhythm Heaven is also implied to inhabit this universe as well due to the many references and crossovers between it and the WarioWare franchise.
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  • For a long time, the interconnection of the games in the The Legend of Zelda series was hotly debated in the fandom, before finally being settled in the Hyrule Historia encylopedia. It shows that the games up to Ocarina of Time were in one continuity, at which point it split into three separate timelines that (so far) have not overlapped. Also, as far as the Zeldaverse is concerned, there were never any games on the Philips CDi.
  • 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...
  • 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 and its sequel Ultimax are nearly as much sequels to Persona 3 as they are to Persona 4, but the connections between the games are otherwise kept fairly low-key and incidental (aside from Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, which the casts involved end up forgetting about anyways). Persona 5 meanwhile references various characters from the previous games through tv shows, ads and the occasional NPC conversation.
    • All Persona games are in fact a spin off from Shin Megami Tensei if... given the player character of that game, Tamaki Uchida, appears in both Persona 1 and the 2 duology. If also shares its world with the Devil Summoner sub series, which both have a premise of the events of Shin Megami Tensei I not happening, as Devil Summoner reveals both parties responsible for the apocalyptic events have been rendered unable to do so. In fact, Persona 2 has Tamaki working for the Kuzunoha detective agency, a primary institution of Devil summoner with the current titular Kuzunoha implying to be posessing Daisuke Todoroki, referencing his role in the original Devil Summoner game. Thus, all three verses are connected, though the fate of the original Shin Megami Tensei heroes are never revealed due to them never encountering the apocalypse.
    • Catherine might be a part of this universe as well, since Vincent makes an appearance in Persona 3 Portable. Though a twist in Catherine is that the game seems to take place in the future.
  • 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 Sims series, the SimCity series, Streets of SimCity, SimCopter and SimGolf, all share the same universe. Other Sim Series titles are more ambiguous.
  • The Street Fighter universe is surprisingly malleable, with how many franchises share the same world. There's the series itself, Final Fight (as of Street Fighter Alpha), Saturday Night Slam Masters (due to the Final Fight connection), Captain Commando, Rival Schools, Strider (as of Street Fighter V), and Tekken if Akuma being in 7 is any indication (likewise, that also adds in Street Fighter X Tekken, as well as every franchise featured in Namco × Capcom and Project × Zone).
  • 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).
  • 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 OAs DLC campaigns.
  • 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.

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  • The Bobbinsverse has 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.
  • 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.
  • All of Homestuck, and possibly the rest of MSPA, takes place in what is known as Paradox Space.
  • All webcomics in the International Comic Continuity take place in what is affectionately referred to as the ICCverse.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Wotchiverse, setting for 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).

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  • The Academy of Superheroes universe is a superhero universe with hundreds of stories and even more characters.
  • Many, if not all, Channel Awesome series seems to be set in the same 'verse owing to the number of crossovers between them, but a special note must be made for Atop the Fourth Wall and The Spoony Experiment, seeming to have the most points in common, most prominently Big Bad Dr. Insano.
    • Many other internet reviewers of the same style in turn link back to those of Channel Awesome, some even becoming part of the site themselves before its mass exodus and inactivity.
  • The Chaos Fighters universe, which is currently unnamed yet. It current encompasses two planets, Lefrad and Ketruin while Earth and Lerius are given a mention.
  • Fire Emblem on Forums: While most of the FEFs properly fall into The Multiverse rather than this trope, Haspen (the originator of the roleplays) has all of his take place in one world, the world of June, with complex histories connecting each one and detailing the events that lead from the epilogues of one to the beginning of his newest work.
  • Hazbin Hotel and Helluva Boss are two series made by Vivienne "Vivziepop" Medrano that take place in the same universe and the same Hell. The two make subtle references to each other, Helluva Boss moreso since it's pilot went into production much later, but beyond that the stories are completely disconnected plot-wise.
  • Heroes Unite: The shared superhero universe on The Duck containing Webcomic/Energize and Webcomic/Bombshell amongst others is called the HUniverse (though this term has yet to actually appear in-setting).
  • The Breeniverse, the setting of lonelygirl15, KateModern, LG15: the resistance and numerous spin-offs of uncertain canonicity.
  • The "Parody Universe" is the universe where all the Hitler parodies from the Downfall scenes (and some spinoffs like Stalin parodies) takes place. The whole thing tends to get into Mind Screw territory due to the various amounts of parody videos that exist and Wild Mass Guessing is the norm in making sense of it.
  • The Randomverse is a very....random verse, containing The Insane Quest of Unfathomable Randomness, The Death Series, Smile For The Camera, and TV Tropes The Adventure.
  • The Slender Man Mythos is a somewhat loosely tied Verse, in that while Slendy himself ties everything together, the stories aren't typically tied together otherwise aside from the odd character commenting on other blogs. However, there's also the Everyman HYBRID Sub-Verse, which has expanded to include "Wicked Sticky Alex" and Can You See the Words. Evan made a brief cameo in the TJA Projects, and the Dark Harvest crew made a cameo appearance in one video. The series recently crossed over with Tribe Twelve and MLAnderson0. The HYBRID guys are also at least aware of Seeking Truth, and Stan Frederick is confirmed to take place in the same universe as well due to a minor Shout-Out, and having crossed over with Tribe Twelve. Unfortunately, Marble Hornets is confirmed to be fictional in this universe, meaning that Alex & Jay won't be showing up anytime soon. Though that didn't stop Tim Sutton from cameoing in EMH's Box 7.
  • Sonic for Hire and Mega Man Dies at the End are in the same universe starting with the Mega Man Dies at the End episode On the Lam which shows Sonic trying to escape from the prison Mega Man busts Wily out of. This is confirmed even more when a Sonic for Hire episode has Mega Man appear and has him mentioning events from the last crossover as well as leading directly into the next Mega Man Dies At The End episode.
  • The "MUniverse" is the setting of Tales of MU and its spin-off and side stories. Part of a multiverse, as artifacts lost in a teleport mishap showed up in the author's other stories.

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